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Michigan (Barge), aground, 1 Oct 1868

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The barges EMPIRE, MICHIGAN, BALTIC and CITY OF CLEVELAND, loaded with lumber from Saginaw for Buffalo, in tow of the tugs PRINDIVILLE and WINDSOR, all broke adrift from the tugs towing them on Lake Erie yesterday. They must have been roughly handled. We have no further partiuculars.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 2, 1868 3-4

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      We saw this afternoon, one of the men employed on the barge CITY OF CLEVELAND, which was wrecked off Erie during the storm of Friday night. He informs us that the barge MICHIGAN became waterlogged early in the night, and for 8 hours in that condition she was towed astern of the CLEVELAND. He says that if the MICHIGAN had been left to herself after she became a wreck, that the other barge could have been saved, but with the heavy seas running she was so heavy an incumbrance upon the CITY OF CLEVELAND that the other could not endure the pulling of the tug and the dragging of the MICHIGAN and after struggling for 8 hours she broke in three pieces. The crews of the two barges lost everything except what they had on their persons. -- Toledo Blade, 2d.
      Detroit Post
      November 4, 1868

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      A few days since a tow of four barges the MICHIGAN, EMPIRE, CITY OF CLEVELAND and BALTIC on reaching near the north shore in a gale were obliged to be abandoned by their crews and seek shelter on the tug. The EMPIRE and BALTIC were rescued but the CITY OF CLEVELAND and MICHIGAN have become total losses with their cargoes. They were in tow of the tugs PRINDIVILLE and WINDSOR. Were wrecked in the storm of Friday night October 30, 1868. The MICHIGAN became waterlogged during the night. (Poole Collection note)
      Detroit Post
      November 4, 1868

      In the loss of the barges CITY OF CLEVELAND and MICHIGAN two relics of older time disappeared from view. The MICHIGAN was built at Detroit in 1847 and plied for many years between Buffalo and Green Bay, commanded by Capt. Albert Stewart now of the KEEWENAW. She has been used as a barge for 3 or 4 years. (Poole Collection note)
      Detroit Post
      November 5, 1868

The MICHIGAN. -- The barge MICHIGAN, which was anchored outside of the harbor of Erie, broke in two and went to pieces on Tuesday. The MICHIGAN was in the tow of the ----- with the barges BALTIC and EMPIRE at the time of the disaster, her load of 500,000 feet of
lumber was all lost.
      Chicago Tribune
      Saturday, November 14, 1868

NOTE:--Steamer CITY OF CLEVELAND, built at Buffalo in 1857, was changed to barge rig in 1866.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List

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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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Michigan (Barge), aground, 1 Oct 1868