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Illinois (Propeller), sunk by collision, 28 Jun 1865

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COLLISION ON THE LAKE - Wednesday last a very disastrous collision occurred on Lake Erie, between the propellers DEAN RICHMOND and ILLINOIS. the DEAN RICHMOND ran into and sunk the ILLINOIS about midnight. Each party lay the blame on the other. The crew and passengers of the ILLINOIS were all rescued. The sunken boat is in two and a half fathoms of water, and a lighter from Detroit has gone to her assistance. The cargo consisted of 3,250 barrels flour 100 barrels wheat, 50 bales of rags, &c. She is owned by the Detroit and Buffalo Transportation Company and fully insured.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Monday, July 3, 1865

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ABANDONED. -- The contemplated raising of the propeller ILLINOIS, sunk at Point Au Pelee, has, in consequence of the delays attending the operations thus far, been abandoned. The recovery of her engine and machinery has been entrusted to the wrecking steamer MAGNET, Capt. Hodges, under whose supervision we promise the work will be fruitfully carried out. The MAGNET has already taken her departure for the scene of the wreck. The propeller has within the past few days been fast going to pieces. -- Detroit Advertiser
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 8, 1865

THE PROPELLER ILLINOIS - This propeller, sunk off Point Pelee, Lake Erie, a few days since by colliding with the DEAN RICHMOND, is going to pieces. Her cargo is a complete loss, but it is hoped to recover her machinery, etc. The wrecking steamer MAGNET, Capt. Hodges, is now at work for that object.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Monday, July 10, 1865

COMPLETION OF A WRECKING JOB. -- The wrecking steamer MAGNET returned to this port yesterday from the wreck of the propeller ILLINOIS, having concluded her services in saving the effects from the lost vessel. Her boilers, with other effects, were landed here yesterday by the MAGNET, so that there is nothing remaining on board of sufficient importance or that will pay the expense of paying another visit to that locality. The cargo saved from her was transported to Buffalo by other steamers belonging to the line. Considerable portions of it, however, was stolen from the wreck by thieves and marauders, which, as is well known, infest the precints of Point au Pelee, and more or less of it found secreted in the woods and marshes thereabouts. The weather from the first to the last has been of the most unfavorable character, notwithstanding which the MAGNET has rendered very important services in saving a large amount of property. -- Detroit Free Press
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 22, 1865
      Screw ILLINOIS. Of 530 tons. Built 1848 at Buffalo, N.Y. First home port, Buffalo, N.Y. DISPOSITION -- LOST by collision with Dean Richmond, June 28, 1865, near Point Pelee, Lake Erie. No lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868
      A NEW CRAFT. - The propeller ILLINOIS has just come out from under the hand of her builders, Messrs. Bidwell & Banta, of this city. Her dimensions are:
      Length of keel . . . . . . . . . . 183 feet
      Breadth of beam . . . . . . . . . 27 feet 9 inches
      Depth of hold . . . . . . . . . . 11 feet 4 inches
      Burden Custom House, measurement . 533 tons
      Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . 18,000 bu. wheat.
The ILLINOIS is the largest propeller upon the western lakes, and of a most beautiful. She was planned and modelled by Mr. Banta and Capt. Dickson, and is a creditable specimen, in every respect of the naval architecture of Buffalo mechanics. Her engine, which is a powerful one, was built by the Buffalo Steam Engine Works, and is a beautiful piece of workmanship.
The ILLINOIS is owned by Capt. W. Dickson, and Messrs. Seymour & Wells, of this city. Capt. Dickson is to sail her.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, August 20, 1849

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: flour, wheat, &c.
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
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Illinois (Propeller), sunk by collision, 28 Jun 1865