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Pacific (Propeller), aground, 20 May 1877

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The steamer PACIFIC ran aground near Traverse Point, a few miles below Portage entry, Saturday evening, the 19th inst., during a dense fog. The steamers St. LOUIS, MANISTEE, and MISSOURI, and two tugs have so far failed to move her. Persons from the entry today state that her center-beam is broken and that she is rapidly filling with water. The cargo will probably be a total loss, and the boat is badly damaged. The PACIFIC is owned by the Union Steamboat Company of Buffalo, and commanded by Captain Ed. Mooney.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, May 25, 1877

      We have already announced in a previous issue that the propeller PACIFIC, of the Union Steamboat Line, was ashore about four or five miles north of Portage Entry. It seems she ran aground on Sunday morning, during a dense fog. She is on rock bottom, has pounded considerably, and lost her rudder and broke her port arch. She lies nearly broadside on. The propellers MANISTEE and St. LOUIS, with two tugs, have been at work on her, but without effect. She is said to be drawing nine feet of water forward, nine feet aft and seven feet in the center, and is on a rock. The steamer IVANHOE arrived at Marquette and reported her in a dangerous condition. Capt. S. B. Grummond received a dispatch yesterday from the superintendent of the line confirming the reports received relative to the PACIFIC. It is quite probable that a wrecking expedition may be fitted out at this port to go to her relief. - Detroit Tribune.
      Cleveland Herald
      Saturday, May 26, 1877

      The Union Steamboat Company's propeller PACIFIC, which is on the rocks near Portage Entry, Lake Superior, with every prospect of proving a total loss, was built at Cleveland by Peck and Masters in 1864. She measures 766 tons burden, has a rating of A 2, and an insurance valuation of $25,000. Large repairs were made upon her in 1873.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, May 28, 1877

      The tug WINSLOW, with the propeller PACIFIC, schooner JANE BELL, and barge VENUS, arrived at this port at 8 o'clock yesterday forenoon. The appearance of the PACIFIC was much better than was anticipated, and to a casual observer the propeller presented no signs of having passed two weeks on Lake Superior rocks. She leaked but slightly, and her port arch was sprung not more than two inches. Her rudder and shoe were gone. Her keel is reported to be considerably battered, and she is strained enough to force her to go into dry-dock, and be recalked. She has one pump aboard and left at noon for Buffalo in tow of the WINSLOW. The VENUS and JANE BELL were left at this port, the former to discharge two of the pumps taken up and the latter to unload her cargo of iron ore.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, June 6, 1877

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Reason: aground
Freight: iron ore
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 47.14826 Longitude: -88.23234
William R. McNeil
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Pacific (Propeller), aground, 20 May 1877