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Sovereign (Propeller), C, sunk, 23 Oct 1891

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Sault Ste. Marie, Oct. 27. -- A steamer arriving down reports that the steamer SOVEREIGN, towing the schooner SLIGO, has foundered on Lake Superior, and that the crew escaped to the SLIGO.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, October 27, 1891

      The report of the foundering of the Canadian steamer SOVEREIGN, first reported in the Enquirer yesterday, was confirmed by later dispatches. She sprung a leak which her pumps could not keep down, and foundered before she could reach Lamb Island. The SOVEREIGN was built in 1873 at St. Catharines, was valued at $12,000, and insured by Smith, Davis & Co. of this city for $10,000. The crew of the lost steamer was saved by the SLIGO.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, October 28, 1891
      The Canadian steamer SOVEREIGN, bound from Port Arthur to Kingston and loaded with grain, foundered in 70 fathoms of water off Whitefish Point in Monday's gale. The crew was saved and brought to Sault Ste. Marie by the steamer SITKA. The accident was caused by the breaking of the stern pipe.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, October 28, 1891

      The Canadian steamer SOVEREIGN which foundered in lake Superior was fully insured with Smith & ??? & Co. of Buffalo.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      October 28, 1891

The Canadian propeller SOVEREIGN, which foundered on Lake Superior Monday with a cargo of 18,000 bushels of wheat, was owned by the Northwestern Transportation Company and hailed from St. Catharines.
      The Marine Review
      October 29, 1891

      The Canadian schooner [sic] SOVEREIGN foundered on Lake Superior, with a cargo of 16,000 bushels of wheat.
      Toronto Globe
      October 31, 1891

Steam screw SOVEREIGN. [no number] Of 684 tons gross; 426 tons Reg. Built St. Catharines, Ont., 1873. Home port, St. Catharines, Ont. 139.0 x 23.7 x 11.0 Owned by North Western Transportation Co., of Sarnia, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 48.603333 Longitude: -88.1425
William R. McNeil
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Sovereign (Propeller), C, sunk, 23 Oct 1891