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William T. Graves (Propeller), U26172, aground, 31 Oct 1885

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The steamship GRAVES and consort G.W. ADAMS went ashore on the south point of North Manitou Island during a snow squall Saturday night. Both are out four feet forward and are reported leaking. The GRAVES and ADAMS belong to Wilson's Line of Cleveland, and are owned by M.D. Carrington, of Toledo. The GRAVES measures 1,078 tons, was built at Cleveland in 1867, and rates A 2 1/2. She is valued at $32,000. The ADAMS measures 1,371 tons, was built at Cleveland in 1875, and rates A 2. She is valued at $15,000. Both are probably insured in the hull pool.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Wednesday, November 4, 1885

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      The steambarge W.T. GRAVES and schooner GEORGE W. ADAMS, owned by Carrington & Co., Toledo, and loaded with corn from Chicago to Buffalo, went aground at the North Manitou, during the gale of Saturday night and are in bad shape, leaking and likely to go to pieces. The tug MOCKING BIRD was last night sent from Cheboygan to attempt their release.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, November 3, 1885

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      The barge GEORGE W. ADAMS, which, with the steamship W.T. GRAVES ran ashore on North Manitou Island during a blinding snow storm last Saturday night, was released Wednesday afternoon. About 15,000 bushels of her cargo of corn was jettisoned. The ADAMS is but little damaged. The GRAVES lies on rocks almost her entire length, and it is believed will prove a total loss. She is in very bad shape and fast going to pieces. Her cargo consisting of 43,000 bushels of corn, is soaked with water. The swelling of her cargo has sprung her decks upwards, and her bottom is supposed to be full of holes.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Friday, November 6, 1885

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      The steam barge W.T. GRAVES stranded at North Manitou Island, has gone to pieces.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, November 18, 1885
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      The W.T. GRAVES which was changed from a bark to a propeller the past winter at the yard of Rober Mills is now afloat. Her boilers and engines are in, and she will be ready to get up steam in about a week. The GRAVES drawns only 4 inches more water than she did with her spars in.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 8, 1870 3-5

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Steam screw WILLIAM T. GRAVES. U.S. No. 26172. Of 1.074.52 tons gross; 821.89 tons net. Built 1867 at Cleveland, Ohio. Home port, Toledo, Ohio. 207.0 x 35.0 x 14.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $70,000
Cargo: inc.
Freight: corn
Remarks: Total loss
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William T. Graves (Propeller), U26172, aground, 31 Oct 1885