The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wocoken (Propeller), U80778, gale damage, 26 May 1883

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The stmr. WOCOKEN was roughly handled in the late gale. The gale struck her when abreast of grand haven. The seas breaking over her pilot house and bridge and filling the deck even with the rail. For 20 minutes at one time it seemed doubtful if she could recover herself under the fearful weight. The pilot house was lifted up and dashed down again, breaking the window and tearing away the woodwork on the whole front. The engine room doors were broken open, and the engine room filled. Capt. Buffington says it was the worst experience he has ever had. It started the steamship leaking and her pumps were kept constantly working to keep her free. She had 73,000 bu. corn on board for Erie, and came
here light for repairs.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 29, 1883 3-9

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Reason: gale damage
Lives: nil
Freight: corn
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.06307 Longitude: -86.22839
William R. McNeil
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Wocoken (Propeller), U80778, gale damage, 26 May 1883