The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Missouri (Propeller), gale damage, 1 Apr 1859

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The propeller MISSOURI, Capt. Woodworth, was on his way to this port from Detroit. On Thursday afternoon when the squall struck her the captain, who is an old sailor, says he never saw a heavier sea. During the heaviest of the gale the rudder chain parted, and the propeller swung round into the trough of the sea, and was at the mercy of the waves; she rolled tremendously and shifted her cargo. The damage was, after a good deal of difficulty, repaired, and to right her the captain had to throw over 15 casks of bacon. She was then put about and came down, arriving here about midnight on Thursday night. Had the MISSOURI not been one of the best propellers on the lakes she never could have stood the gale in her disabled condition, and must have foundered with all on board. We regret to learn that the mate, Mr. Douglas, had his foot badly crushed by a cask which was thrown against him. - Buffalo Courier, Saturday
      Detroit Free Press
      April 19, 1859

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Reason: gale damage
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Missouri (Propeller), gale damage, 1 Apr 1859