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Peninsula (Propeller), aground, 15 Nov 1854

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In our telegraph column yesterday morning, we mentioned the loss of the propeller PENINSULA. We now learn from the Detroit papers, that the PENINSULA had broken her shaft and lost her wheel, so that she was perfectly helpless. She lay at Eagle River, when the wind began to blow and the sea rolling heavily made it dangerous to remain. The captain thinking his boat lost if he remained at anchor, hove up, and mading sail run her upon the beach in shallow water.
      The storm increased, and the waves burst over her with such fury that in a short time she parted, and became a total wreck. She was loaded with powder for the mines, to supply the place of that lost at De Tours, a short time ago. She was insured for $4,000, in the Metropolitan Company, which is broke. McKnight is certainly very unfortunate in his boats, though his untiring energy soon replaces all losses. He deserves better success.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Friday, November 17, 1854

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The propeller PENINSULA went ashore -- so says a dispatch from Detroit -- at Eagle River, Lake Superior, and has become a total loss. She was owned by Sheldon McKnight, of Detroit.
      Cleveland Morning leader
      Saturday, November 18, 1854
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The absence of powder is occasioned by the loss of the PENINSULA at Eagle River, last fall. She had 2,000 kegs of powder on board, of which 1,000 were spoiled. She was driven ashore in a heavy gale. -- Green Bat Adviocate [part]
      Toronto Globe
      Monday, March 12, 1855

      Since the discovery of copper in the Upper Peninsula, in 1845, and the commencement of the Lake Superior steamer and vessel trade, many craft engaged in the trade have been lost. Previous to the discovery of copper, there was no other trade but that of furs, and one of the fur-trading vessels was lost - the JOHN JACOB ASTOR. We have compiled the following table, which will be found of interest to those connected with the Lake Superior trade:
Nmae of vessel lost Value Value cargo year Lives lost
Schooner MERCHANT $4,000 $2,000 1847 18
Propeller GOLIATH $18,000 $18,000 1847
Steamer BEN FRANKLIN $15,000 $4,000 1850
Propeller MONTICELLO $30,000 $10,000 1851
Schooner SISKOWIT $1,500 $500 -- (SISKAVET)
Schooner SELBY $500 $500 --
Propeller INDEPENDENCE $12,000 $18,000 1853 3
Steamer ALBANY $30,000 $2,500 1853
*Propeller PENINSULA $18,000 $12,000 1854
Steamer E.K. COLLINS $100,000 $1,500 1854 20
Steamer BALTIMORE $15,000 $4,000 1855
Steamer SUPERIOR $15,000 $10,000 1856 54
Propeller B.L. WEBB $50,000 $25,000 1856
Propeller CITY OF SUPERIOR $50,000 $25,000 1857
Propeller INDIANA $8,000 $2,500 1858
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      $366,500 $125,500 95
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      Making a Grand Total of $492,000. - Detroit Advertiser.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, December 11, 1858

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $18,000
Cargo: 12,000
Freight: powder &c.
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 47.45713 Longitude: -88.15122
William R. McNeil
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Peninsula (Propeller), aground, 15 Nov 1854