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Oriental (Propeller), aground, 13 Oct 1859

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ON A REEF. -- The propeller ORIENTAL, bound from Chicago for this port with a cargo of beef and other rolling freight, ran on Skillagale Reef, Lake Michigan, last Friday. Several passing propellers have attempted to pull her off, but without success. Captain Briggs had thrown overboard 2000 bbls beef, but was still unable to ger her off. He has sent to Detroit for two steam pumps. We fear the heavy blow of yesterday was too much for her. Cargo insured in New York offices. So says the express of this morning.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      October 18, 1859

The Detroit Advertiser says that the propeller CUYAHOGA arrived from above yesterday, and reports that the propeller ORIENTAL, of the A.T. Co's line, went on Skillaglee reef, Lake Michigan, on Friday last, with a full cargo of flour and grain. When last seen the sea was making a clean breach over her, and the probability is that she will prove a total loss. The tug RELIEF, however, has gone to her from Mackinac.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, October 19, 1859

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      WRECK OF THE ORIENTAL. - The captain of the ORIENTAL, which went ashore at Skillaglee on Thursday night, arrived at Milwaukee on Tuesday, and reports the propeller a total wreck. She had a full cargo of provisions, hides, &c., from Chicago, and was bound for this city. A murky atmosphere, leading the captain to misjudge the distance of the beacon light, was the cause of the disaster. The ONIENTAL cleared from Chicago on the 10th, stopping at Waukegan, Racine, and Milwaukee, and took a small quantity of freight from both of the former places. She was owned by the Americar Transportation Company, who lose both the cargo and boat.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, October 21, 1859

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      The propeller ORIENTAL, which run on Skillaglee Reef a week ago, has gone to pieces, proving a total loss. The propeller WISCONSIN passed her on Wednesday, and nothing was to be seen except a few timbers. Her cargo consisted of 316 bbls. flour, 3,500 bbls. beef, and 1,000 hides. The Detroit Advertiser says the Atlantic Mutual has a risk of $32,000 on her cargo.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, October 24, 1859
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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: flour, grain
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.6764 Longitude: -85.17312
William R. McNeil
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Oriental (Propeller), aground, 13 Oct 1859