The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 28, 1874

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ABANDONED AT LAST. - The old propeller City of Madison, after a career of seventeen years on the lakes, has at length followed precedence of many others of her time. She was built at Buffalo in 1857, and during seven years of existence met with no disaster worth recording. The first misfortune took place in October, 1867, at Port Washington, on Lake Michigan, involving damages $800 and upwards. In July,1868, she struck the pier at Willow Creek and was damaged $300, and lost a man overboard in 1863, at Oswego. Soon after in the same month she went ashore at Carp River, Lake Michigan, and threw over flour, pork and high wines to the extent of $2,000. In September afterwards she sank at the Sault and damaged $5,000. In June, 1869, ashore at the Apostle Islands, Lake Superior, and damaged $3,000. Five other misfortunes overtook her, and in October of last year, she found a resting place at Washington Island, which was the final close of her career.

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Neither the chronology nor the prediction of this article were very good. CITY OF MADISON was rescued from Washington Island later that spring and lasted three more years until she finally succumbed to fire in mid-Lake Michigan in August, 1877. Omitted also is a stranding on the Keweenaw, Lake Superior, in 1871, which required a near-total rebuild.
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May 28, 1874
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 28, 1874