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Manhattan (Propeller), aground, 1 Sep 1859

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GALE ON LAKE SUPERIOR - LOSS OF THE PROPELLER MANHATTAN. - The steamer ILLINOIS, Capt. John Fraser, arrived from Lake Superior on Monday. The ILLINOIS brings news of the probable total loss of the propeller MANHATTAN, of the Lake Superior Navigation Co. The MANHATTAN, Capt. Calvin Ripley, was bound up on Thursday for Marquette and Portage Lake, and a heavy northwest wind blowing, got out of fuel when off Grand Marais Harbor, between the Pictured Rocks and Grand Sauble. The Captain finding that there was only one thing for him to do, made for the harbor named, and on going in, struck, about 11 A.M. on the bar in the channel. His vessel came to a stand-still, and the crew and passengers were landed. On Friday the propeller IRON CITY, Capt. Turner, took the passengers to Marquette. The crew remained, however, with the hope that the vessel might be got off, but on Saturday when the ILLINOIS passed Grand Marais, the seas were making a clean sweep over the unfortunate craft. When the ILLINOIS left Marquette, Capt. Fraser intended to render all the assistance in his power to the MANHATTAN, but the wind being very high, he was prevented. The MANHATTAN had on board a quantity of stone for the new town company at Chocolay River; 166 bags oats; 122 bags seed; 23 bags potatoes; 3 bags apples; 35 bbls onions; 5 bbls pickles; 11 bbls flour; 1 bbl pork; 7 1/2 tons hay and 3,000 feet of lumber. We have been unable to learn the amount of freight the MANHATTAN had on board from Cleveland, but it is doubtless equal to that taken from this port.
      There can be little doubt, that by this time the MANHATTAN is a complete wreck.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, September 7, 1859

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      The Detroit Advertiser of yesterday, states that the propeller MONTGOMERY, Capt. Nicholson, arrived at that port from Lake Superior, on Tuesday. She reports that the MANHATTAN was regarded as a total loss, and that the Aetna Insurance Company had sent up two scows to take from her the engine and boilers The boat was built on 1847, and was valued at about $10,000. She was insured in the Aetna.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, September 8, 1859

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PROPELLER MANHATTAN. -- Captain Glazier, returned from Lake Superior yesterday, reports propeller a total loss. She has been stripped and the effects taken to Marquette.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      September 21, 1859

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: stone, produce
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.67081 Longitude: -85.98517
William R. McNeil
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Manhattan (Propeller), aground, 1 Sep 1859