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Baltimore (Steamboat), aground, 9 Sep 1855


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Steamer BALTIMORE, ashore at Cheboygan, Lake Michigan. Cargo mining stores for Lake Superior. Property loss, Vessel $12,000, cargo $3,000.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      January 11, 1856 (1855 Casualty List)

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LOSS OF THE STEAMER BALTIMORE. - (House Line) Chicago, Sept. 21. - The steamer BALTIMORE was sunk near Sheboygan. The passengers were all saved in a life boat.
The BALTIMORE finally drifted ashore and is probably a total loss, as her lower works are entirely carried away.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, September 22, 1855

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      LIST OF VESSELS LOST IN THE LAKE SUPERIOR TRADE. - Since the discovery of copper in the Upper Peninsula in 1845, and the commencement of the Lake Superior steamer and vessel trade, many craft engaged in the trade have been lost. Previous to the discovery of copper, there was no other trade but that of furs, and one of the fur trading vessels was lost - the JOHN JACOB ASTOR. We have compiled the following table, which will be found of interest to those connected with the Lake Superior copper trade:
      Name of vessel Value Value cargo Year Lives lost
Schooner MERCHANT $4,000 $2,000 1847 18
Propeller GOLIATH $18,000 $18,000 1847
Steamer BEN FRANKLIN $15,000 $4,000 1850
Propeller MONTICELLO $30,000 $10,000 1851
Schooner SISKOWIT $1,000 $500 --
Schooner SELBY $500 $500 --
Propeller INDEPENDENCE $12,000 $18,000 1853 3
Steamer ALBANY $30,000 $2,500 1853
Propeller PENINSULA $18,000 $12,000 1854
Steamer E.K. COLLINS $100,000 $1,500 1854 20
*Steamer BALITMORE $15,000 $4,000 1855
Steamer SUPERIOR $15,000 $10,000 1856 54
Propeller B.L. WEBB $50,000 $15,000 1856
Propeller CITY OF SUPERIOR $50,000 $25,000 1857
Propeller INDIANA $8,000 $2,500 1858
      --------- ------- -----
      $366,500 $125,500 95
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Making a grand total of $492,000. - Detroit Advertiser.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, December 11, 1858

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      Steamer BALTIMORE of 513 tons, built 1847 at Monroe, Mich. Stranded at Sheboygan, Wis., September 17, 1855. No lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U.S.A.
      1790 to 1868, Lytle - Holdcamper List


Sheboygan Times Notes:- the hull, boiler, etc, of the steamer BALTIMORE has been bought by W.W. King & C. Reed whom intend to haul her out and repair with the idea of making a sail vessel out of her for future service.
      Buffalo Express
      November 7, 1855
     


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Notes:
Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $15,000
Cargo: $4,000
Freight: mining stores
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1855
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Local identifier:
McN.W.17347
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.75083 Longitude: -87.71453
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Baltimore (Steamboat), aground, 9 Sep 1855