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Kittie M. Forbes (Propeller), aground, 6 Nov 1885

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It is thought that if a wrecking expedition can reach the KITTIE M. FORBES, ashore on one of the Apostle Islands, before she pounds to pieces on the rocks, that she can be rescued and towed to a Lake Superior port before cold weather set in. She is reported to be in good condition, and a tug has been sent to the wreck from the Sault.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Friday, November 13, 1885

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      The KITTIE M. FORBES that went on the beach at Outer Island last Friday night was released Thursday and towed to Bayfield. The same evening she left for Washburn, where she will discharge the remainder of her cargo. The damage to the steamer, although comparatively light, will necessitate lying her up for the remainder of the season. She will probably be towed to Port Huron for repairs.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Saturday, November 14, 1885

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Propeller K.M. FORBES, of Port Huron, built 1883 and of 775 tons, On November 6, 1885 vessel went ashore on the Apostle Island, with a cargo of coal. Classed as a partial loss, with a property loss value of $15,000.
      List of Partial Losses, 1885
      Cleveland leader
      December 7, 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $15,000
Cargo: inc.
Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 47.03521 Longitude: -90.43101
William R. McNeil
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Kittie M. Forbes (Propeller), aground, 6 Nov 1885