The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ossifrage (Propeller), aground, 13 May 1891

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The stm. OSSIFRAGE on her first trip from Cleveland to Put-In-Bay, got into a rather anoying scrape. On Thursday night after discharging a lot of lath, the OSSIFRAGE left for Lakeside. About 11:00 after going around outside of Ballast Island , she got a little too far to portand ran on a reef south of the island. She was damaged and was sheltered by the Ballast and Put-In-Bay islands. she could not get off however. In the morning she was discovered by the city of Sandusky, and that boat endeavored unsuccessfully to release her as she was about 3 feet out of the water forward. In the afternoon two tugs, the Dudley and the Welcome, and the steamer Gazelle worked on her until 5 o'clock. The city of SANDUSKY again passed by while the tugs were working on her. The SANDUSKY rasn up as near to her as she dared in order to give the OSSFIRAGE the benefit of her swell. They were repaid by watching the steamer slide off the reef. The OSSFIRAGE was not seriously damaged, but one of her seams opened slightly and let some water in. She came up mto Cleveland and went into the ship owner's dry-dock where the slight cauking and repairs were made.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      May 12, 1891

Capt. McLeod reports that the prop. OSSIFRAGE, which went ashore at the other end of Lake Erie, has been released with but little damage.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 13, 1891 7-3

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Ossifrage (Propeller), aground, 13 May 1891