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Chicago (Propeller), sunk, 13 May 1872

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The prop. CHICAGO bound from Chicago to this port, and laden with flour, &c., sunk last night about 3 miles this side of Point Abino, in nine fathoms of water. A telegram from Port Colborne announces that the vessel was cut through by the ice. The crew were landed at Port Colborne by the tug MOORE.
      The CHICAGO was built at Buffalo by Bidwell & Banta in 1855, rated B 1, and was valued at $30,000. The cargo consisted of 5,178 bbls. flour, with a lot of pig iron and whiskey. The vessel belonged to the Western Transportation Co.
      The Western Transportation Co. prop. CHICAGO bound down with a cargo of 5,678 bbls. flour, 582 pigs lead and sundries, sunk a few miles up the lake last night or early this morning. She has gone down in deep water, and it is supposed the crew escaped to the Canada shore, as the engineer telegraphs from Port Colborne to John Allen, Jr., that " The CHICAGO sunk in 9 fathoms of water 3 miles below Pt. Abino, caused by ice." The propeller and a large portion of her cargo were insured.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 13, 1872 3-1

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Port Colborne, May 13 - The propeller CHICAGO of the Western Transportation Company, from Chicago and Milwaukee, bound for Buffalo with a cargo of flour and other rolling freight, had a hole knocked in her by the ice, three miles off Point Abino this morning, and was sunk to the cabin deck, when the crew were taken off by the tug MOORE, and brought to this port. They leave on the first train for Buffalo. Capt. Detz and one watchman named Peter Harris remained alongside in small boats. The water is 9 1/2 fathoms deep where she is. The mate thinks as soon as the upper deck breaks off she will sink.
      The Toronto mail
      Tuesday, May 14, 1872

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      The prop. OLEAN in coming down, yesterday afternoon from above, fell in with the prop. CHICAGO, and finding her still afloat, towed her into the bay, about six miles above Buffalo, on the south shore. Here she brought up in 5 fathoms of water. The captain and watchman were on board of her. Part of the cabin forward is out of the water. Measures are being undertaken for her recovery.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 14, 1872 3-6

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: flour, &c.
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.836111 Longitude: -79.095277
William R. McNeil
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Chicago (Propeller), sunk, 13 May 1872