The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Mohawk (Propeller), leak, 7 Nov 1856

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The Chicago Tribune of the 8th., says news was received by telegraph yesterday , that the propeller MOHAWK, of the Western Line, with wheat for Buffalo, sprung a leak at Port Washington, returned to Milwaukee for a steam pump, and proceeded on her voyage.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, November 11, 1856

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We learn from Capt. Chapney of the schr. VERMONT, which is one of those which returned to this port yesterday morning, that shortly after he put about in the gale previous afternoon, he saw a large steam vessel, whether propeller or steamer he could not tell on account of the distance and thick weather, lying in the trough of the sea totally unmanageable. She was nearly opposite Long Point cut. When first seen she had a smoke pipe and jib up. He noticed afterwards that she had neither, but shortly issued from her deck as though she were endeavoring to keep up steam. This was about 4:00 P.M. He said he thought he'd seen a crowd of people standing on the hurricane deck. He thinks she must have been swamped before the storm was over. He was not able to go to her as he was nearly past when he discovered her and his men were then busy throwing over a deckload of marble to keep his own vessel afloat. The propeller could not have been the ORIENTAL as she was seen by Capt. Caldwell when not far from Maitland. The brig CUMBERLAND is reported lost with all board. That is a rumor though.
      Cleveland Evening Herald
      November 7, 1856

Report Maitland, mouth of Grand River, C.W. Nov. 8, 1856, during the SW gale of this morning and the consequent rise of water, 8 of the vessels ashore there have gotten afloat. By a report from Long Point I learn the CHEROKEE was last seen about 15 miles eastward of that place on the evening of the 4th and she is believed to be sunk. the tug R. HOWARD went out on the 5th to look for the CHEROKEE, brought this report. The steamer seen by the VERMONT above Long Point in a disabled condition was doubtless the MOHAWK. The storm struck her when off the sandhills near Port Burwell. She lost her smoke pipe and her upper cabins, but succeeded in getting into Port Dover where she now lies. The steamers cabin seen floating by the ORIENTAL was in all probability that of the MOHAWK. The tug R. HOWARD has done us good service this day.
      Cleveland Evening Herald
      November 11, 1856

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Reason: leak
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.38722 Longitude: -87.87564
William R. McNeil
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Mohawk (Propeller), leak, 7 Nov 1856