The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John M. Nicol (Propeller), U76786, aground, 14 May 1892

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The accident to the steamer JOHN M. NICOL is likely to be more serious than at first reported. The morning the tug HEBARD came back and took out two more canal boats and more men. This brisk southwest wind which sprang up today will render the lightering a difficult operation.
      Capt. Lynn of the HEBARD reports the NICOL as two feet out and it is probably that 20,000 bushels of wheat will have to be taken out of the steamer before she can be released.
      The NICOL is on what is known at Sturgeon Point Reef at a point which must be nearly off the Milsom Camp at Angola. The reef extends from Sturgeon Point several miles up the lake and where the NICOL is, is about one and a half miles off shore. This is where on Nov. 24, 1890, the steamer DAKOTA, Capt. Cross, was lost with all hands, numbering 20, and where many vessels have grounded since.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Monday, May 16, 1892

NOTE. - Propeller DACOTAH went on Sturgeon Point Nov, 24, 1860, with the loss of 24 lives.

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      The steamer JOHN M. NICOL was released from Sturgeon Point Reef at about 6:30 this morning and towed to Buffalo.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, May 17, 1892

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.69089 Longitude: -79.04754
William R. McNeil
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John M. Nicol (Propeller), U76786, aground, 14 May 1892