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St. James (Schooner), U22417, sunk, 26 Jun 1857


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SCHOONER SUNK. - We learn by a despatch to Bagnall & Dobbins, from Detroit, that the schooner St. JAMES is sunk in the Nebish Rapids. She had on 286 tons iron ore for Cleveland, from Iron Mountain, and is owned by C. M. Reid, of Erie. No further particulars.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, June 27, 1857

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      The Detroit Tribune says that a letter brought by the ILLINOIS from Mr. Berryman, engineer of the Buffalo Mutual, states that he will no doubt be able to raise the ST. JAMES. He has the pump used in raising the MANHATTAN. Other experienced judges, however, think her case is hopeless without the aid of a vessel upon each side of her. She lies very badly, upon the crest of a reef of rocks in a current of ten miles an hour, which is sweeping over part of her deck.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, July 11, 1857

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      STEAMER (sic) ST. JAMES RAISED -- QUICK WORK. -- It may be remembered that this vessel, with a cargo of nearly 300 tons Lake Superior iron ore, from Marquette for Erie, while descending the St. Mary river, struck a ridge of rocks, and sunk in five minutes. On the 1st inst., an expedition left Detroit for the purpose of raising her, having two steam pumps for the purpose, one a "Worthington," belonging to the Buffalo Mutual Insurance Company, in charge of John Berryman, Engineer, and the other a "Holly Rotary," belonging to Bagnall & Dobbins, in charge of George Richardson, Engineer. On arriving at the wreck they 'turned to,' under the immediate supervision of that best of wreckers, John Berryman, and pumped her dry in one hour after starting the pumps. They then discharged part of the cargo and cut away the ceiling, when they found a hole 4 by 6 feet in the bottom, and five beams broken. They secured this with chocks and spars, and started for Detroit with 150 tons of the cargo on board, in tow of the propeller IRON CITY, and arrived at Detroit on the 13th, and docked her on the 14th. Expense about $2,200. The lowest offer made to raise her by contract was $3,500. This whole undertaking shows superior skill on the part of Mr. Berryman, and the great efficiency of the Worthington and Holly pumps.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, July 15, 1857

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      DISTRICT OF BUFFALO CREEK, PORT OF BUFFALO.
      Permanent Enrollment No. 162 dated May 5, 1870
      Official Number 22417
      Schooner St. JAMES, of Buffalo
      Built - - - - - - - - - - - - - Milan, Ohio.
      When built - - - - - - - - 1856
      Decks - - - - - - - - - - - one
      Masts - - - - - - - - - - - Two
      Length - - - - - - - - - - - 116 feet & 6 tenths.
      Breadth - - - - - - - - - - - 24 feet & 7 tenths.
      Depth - - - - - - - - - - - - 11 feet & 2 tenths.
      Total Tonnage - - - - - 226 tons & 76 hundredths
      Figure-head - - - - - - - - Scroll Head
      Stern - - - - - - - - - - - - Square stern.
      Present Master - - - - - John Burrill
      Owners -- - - - - - - - - - Andrew Abernethy sole owner.
Previous Enrollment ----Temporary Enrollment, Port of Erie, Pa., number 22, dated April 1, 1870, surrendered by reason of vessel having arrived at her home port .



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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Raised
Date of Original:
1857
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McN.W.16914
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 46.35007 Longitude: -84.09994
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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St. James (Schooner), U22417, sunk, 26 Jun 1857