The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
C. C. Trowbridge (Steamboat), aground, 1 Jun 1842

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Not long since the stm. TROWBRIDGE attempted to tow a lighter laden with goods from the stm. ILLINOIS into Milwaukie Harbor. The lake was very rough, and the gale so severe as to drive the steamer ashore, in addition to giving about 100 persons on board a pretty thorough wetting. The editor of the Milwaukie Sentinel says " it would have been a source of gratification to have had instead of the hardy emigrants, 100 members of Congress on board. To have seen them jump into the lake and had a sea strike them 'midships' would have tickled our fancy. But so it is - life and property can be destroyed, and Congress pay no attention to it. - Time and money can be spent in making and circulating speeches of no importance, while the prayers of thousands for Harbors on Lake Michigan, pass by like an idle wind."
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 25, 1842

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: goods
Remarks: Got off
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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C. C. Trowbridge (Steamboat), aground, 1 Jun 1842