The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ralph Campbell (Schooner), U21179, aground, 11 Apr 1859

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One of the owners of the schr. RALPH CAMPBELL passed up on the steamer MICHIGAN yesterday, bound for the beaver Islands, where the vessel now lies stranded. he will discharge her cargo, and, if possible, bring her to this port and put her in drydock for repairs.

      The schr. RALPH CAMPBELL, which went ashore on the 11th. inst., on Hog Island Reef, in Lake Michigan, was got off by the tug LEVIATHAN on Thursday evening, but she filled up so fast that the steam pumps could not keep her up, and Capt. Hart was compelled to fill her hold with empty fish barrels, after which she was towed into beaver harbor, where she sunk in shoal water. About 2/3 of the cargo is a total loss, and the vessel is considerably damaged. Capt. Hackett left for Chicago yesterday. Capt. Hart, of the tug, deserves praise for the efforts he put forth to save the vessel from entire destruction.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 30, 1859

FROM THE STRAITS. -- The Detroit Tribune of Monday says: " The tug STILLMAM WITT, Capt. Hardison passed today. Capt. H., informs us that the A. BRADLEY had been got off and pumped out, and a jacket got under her. She left Thursday night for Milwaukee. The RALPH CAMPBELL has been got off by the LEVIATHAN, and towed to Beaver Harbor. A jacket was to have been put under her, and she would then be brought to Detroit for repairs. A Cleveland vessel was ashore at the Traverse.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      May 4, 1859
Schooner RALPH CAMPBELL. U. S. No. 21179. Of 226.56 tons gross; 215.24 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1855. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 127.2 x 25.8 x 9.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1889

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.89222 Longitude: -85.34369
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Ralph Campbell (Schooner), U21179, aground, 11 Apr 1859