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Wabash (Propeller), U26252, sunk by collision, 5 Jun 1870

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Propeller WABASH, of 721 tons, built 1863. Collided with EMPIRE STATE June 5th, 1870 off Lexington, L.H. with the loss of 1 life.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
      1790 - 1868 The Lytle - Holdcamper List

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About half the cargo of the propeller WABASH has been removed. The schooner H.W. JOHNSON has returned to the wreck having been down to Detroit with a load of railroad iron, boxes of tin, merchandise, etc. taken from the sunken steamer.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, July 29, 1870
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The wreckers had fine weather Wednesday and Thursday, and were at work raising the prop. WABASH. If the weather continues fair, so that they can work on her today, we expect to hear that she is raised.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 23, 1870 3-5

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      Mr. Merriman, the submarine diver, who is well known in this city, has returned to Port Huron and will soon resume operations on the propeller WABASH, which sunk last year about 10 miles north of Fort Gration Light. Mr. Merriman succeeded in getting most of her cargo out last fall and he expects to get her afloat before long.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      April 7, 1871

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The wrecking tug RESCUE is endeavoring to raise the sunken prop. WABASH.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 20, 1871 3-5

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The Coast wrecking stmr. RESCUE, Capt. Cotton, arrived at this port Wednesday night from Port Huron with a quantity of freight just recovered from the prop. WABASH, lost over a year ago off Lexington. The cargo thus saved consists of a few hogsheads of glassware, such as globes and chimneys for lamps, all in good order and a few car wheels, leather, etc., which are landed at A. Cheeseborough & Co.'s warehouse. The idea of recovering the wreck has been long since abandoned. The RESCUE left here this morning to visit and recover if possible a number of wrecks sunk in Lake Erie. - Detroit Tribune
      Buffalo Morning Express
      July 24, 1871

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Port Huron, August 1. -- The wrecking steamer MARY GROH found the wreck of the steamer WABASH this morning seventeen miles north and ¾ of a mile from Fort Gratiot Light in 63 feet of water. The WABASH was sunk 16 years ago by the Canadian steamer St. MAGNUS. Her cargo consisted of ???? beef and glassware. The cargo, engines and boilers will be recovered.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      August 2, 1889

      The McMorran wrecking expedition have arrived here with what is left of the wreck of the WABASH (sunk 16 years ago.) The wreckers were working on her for 4 weeks and lifted her with pontoons.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, September 28, 1889

Steam screw WABASH. U. S. No. 26252. Of 721 tons. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1863. First home port, Dunkirk, N. Y. DISPOSITION:-- Collided with steamer EMPIRE STATE June 5, 1870 off Lexington,One life lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868
Propeller WABASH. Of 721 tons. Built Cleveland by Quayle & Martin in 1863. Owned by the Erie Railway Steamboat Co. Home port, Dunkirk. Value $50,000 Class A.
      Register of the Ships on the Lakes
      and River St. Lawrence, 1864

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 1
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.26808 Longitude: -82.53076
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Wabash (Propeller), U26252, sunk by collision, 5 Jun 1870