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Silvanus J. Macy (Propeller), U115834, aground, 14 May 1885

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The S.J. MACY arrived here at 5 P.M. Thursday night. Her Captain entered a protest saying that he went ashore at Black Point, near Presque Isle, during a heavy fog, wind northeast and brisk. He threw overboard 6,000 bushels of corn and worked his boat off. She leaked but little and was docked for repairs.

The stmb. S.J. MACY has gone ashore on Lake Huron, 3 miles above Presque Isle. The tug WINSLOW was to leave Detroit last evening for her relief. The MACY was loaded with 33,000 bushels of corn from Chicago for Sarnia, and was the first vessel to pass through the Straits from Lake Michigan. She was built by Morley, at Marine City in 1881, and is owned by Detroit parties. Her hull is insured for $12,000 and her cargo is fully covered.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 7, 1885 3-4

The prop. S.J. MACY which went ashore above Presque Isle, worked herself off and passed Thunder Bay at 10 A.M. yesterday.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 8, 1885 3-4
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The damage to the S.J. MACY is more serious than first thought to be. They put 6,000 bu. of corn overboard before she came off. She is leaking some. The water comes in forward and could not run to the after pumps, and it is thought that she will have a large amount of wet grain from this. Her planks are cut through aft at the stern, and her bottom is damaged.
      The Marine Record
      May 14, 1885 5-2

      Propeller S.J. MACY of Detroit, built 1881 and of 548 tons. On May 5, 1885 vessel with a cargo of corn went ashore at Presque Isle, Lake Huron. Amount of partial loss $1,000.
      Cleveland leader [Casualty list]
      December 7, 1885

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Steam screw SILVANUS J. MACY. U. S. No. 115834. Of 752 tons gross; 613 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich., 1881. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 164.6 x 31.8 x 11.4 Crew of 12. Of 700 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.3514 Longitude: -83.48887
William R. McNeil
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Silvanus J. Macy (Propeller), U115834, aground, 14 May 1885