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Canisteo (Propeller), U4394, sunk by collision, 14 Oct 1880

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Cheboygan, Mich., Oct., 14. -- A collision occurred at 3 o'clokc this morning at Waugoshance Light between an unknown schooner and the propeller CANISTEO, in which the latter sunk in seventeen feet of water inside the pier. The vessel crossed the steamer's bow and was struck at the mizzen rigging. The night was clear, but the vessel's lights were observed too late to know how she was standing, as the red and green was observed at intervals previous to the collision.
      The schooner was bound up. The propeller was bound down with general cargo. The vessel is white, with a lead colored bottom, and passed up when it ascertained that the crew had landed. The vessel's side was badly ripped up. The WINSLOW will render assistance with pumps, and a lighter leaves here tonight.
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, October 1880

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      Buffalo Courier. -- The captain of the schooner PATHFINDER in his last trip up from Buffalo, reported that he saw a fore-and-aft schooner of nearly canal size ashore on Gull Island Reef, from a distance of eight miles, but he could not make out her name. He effectually disposes of the attempt to make it appear that a large vessel was wrecked off Waugoshance Point, as the mast seen was that of the CANISTEO, sunk last fall by the GEORGE MURRAY, he having seen a broken spar of this vessel at the point named, clinging to the wreck below by part of the rigging.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, June 29, 1881

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A part of the CANISTEO's machinery has been recovered and taken to Sheboygan. The CANISTEO was sunk in colliding with the schr. GEORGE MURRAY several years ago near Waugoshance.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 6, 1884 3-5

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Wreckers are engaged in recovering the machinery of the propeller CANISTEO, sunk by a collision with the schooner GEORGE MURRAY, near Waugoschance four years ago. A portion of the machinery has been taken to Muskegon.
      Detroit Post
      Thursday, August 7, 1884
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Friday morning Capt. James F. Snow, John Dodd, the diver, and Capt. Kitchen, with his tug C. E. PENDELLl and a lighter, left Cheboygan for the locality of the sunken steamer CANISTEO* to recover her engine. They reached the wreck about noon Friday and at 12 o'clock that night they were in port with her engine. The latter, says the Cheboygan Tribune, is a compound, the lower cylinder being 40 by 40 inches and the upper cylinder 22 by 40 inches, the whole estimated to weigh 15 tons. Sunday morning the PENDELL started back to recover other portions of the machinery, but the weather has been so boisterous that they have not been able to accomplish anything. They made several efforts to get at work, but the sea drove them away every time. Once they succeeded in getting the wheel, which is 11 feet in diameter, and the shaft, 40 feet long, up to the top of the water, when the guy lines to the shears on the lighter gave way, caused by the heavy sea, and in the fall tore out some of the timberheads, ripped up some deck plank, sunk the lighter, and wheel and shaft went to the bottom again. The tug towed the lighter to Mackinac City, and Wednesday they were pumping it out preparatory to rigging it up again for another effort as soon as good weather returns.
      Detroit Post
      Saturday, August 9, 1884

Steam screw CANISTEO. U. S. No. 4394. Of 856.07 tons. Of 504 horse-power. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Canisteo (Propeller), U4394, sunk by collision, 14 Oct 1880