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St. Louis (Steamboat), broke machinery, 1 Nov 1848

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November 1848.-- Steamer St. LOUIS, broke machinery on L. H., after drifting about some time, was picked up and towed to Buffalo. Property loss $6,000
      1848 Casualty List (Capt. Rounds)
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      January 4, 1849

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      Probable Loss of the steamer St. LOUIS - There appears to hve been a succession of heavy gales upon the Upper Lakes, as well as with us. A despatch was received by O'Reilly's Telegraph last evening, announcing the probable loss of the steamer St. LOUIS. It is as follows:
      Detroit, Nov. 5th- The steamer BALTIC is just in from above and reports that on Thursday she took the St. LOUIS in tow with the machinery broken, at Mackinac, and on Friday night at 10 o'clock, when in sight of Point Aux Barque light, that the St. LOUIS broke loose in a severe gale and has not been seen since. The passengers and part of the crew got on board of the BALTIC, and also some of the freight. There were about 8 persons still on board of the St. LOUIS. The BALTIC cruised around two days but could find nothing of her. She probably went on the Canada shore. The NIAGARA is reported to be now in search of her. Capt. Cotton thinks he was about 26 miles from the high lands when he parted from the St. LOUIS.
      We are inclined to think that the St. LOUIS has neither foundered nor gone ashore. When she parted from the BALTIC it is not unlikely that her forsail and jib, were found available to keep her before the westerly wind which prevailed, and that she succeeded in running into Goderich, on the Canada side. The commander of the St. LOUIS, Capt. Wheeler, is one of the best pilots on our Lakes, and his first Mate, Mr. Kennedy, is just the man for an emergency like the one in question. We may be disappointed, but we have seen the strength of the St. LOUIS's timbers tested in many a storm and have great confidence in ths men who are on board of her.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday Evening, November 7, 1848

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      Steamer St. LOUIS- Capt. Wheeler with his staunch craft will be brought down by the PRINCETON, the latter having been despatched to the aid of the St. LOUIS some days ago. As was anticipated, when the St. LOUIS parted from the BALTIC her foresail and jib were found available to keep her off shore. After a cruise of three days she cast anchor near False Presque Isle. She was subsequently towed into Presque Isle by the steamer NILE, where she would remain until relieved by the propeller PRONCETON. We might speak in terms of commendation of the skill and intrepidity displayed by Capt. Wheeler and the officers and crew under his command, but the results are just what were anticipated by those who know the men. The owners of the St. LOUIS are fortunate in having such men in their employment-
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday Evening, November 13, 1848

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Reason: broke machinery
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,000
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
William R. McNeil
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St. Louis (Steamboat), broke machinery, 1 Nov 1848