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Philadelphia (Propeller), aground, 1 Jul 1873

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      A brief announcement of the disaster to the prop. PHILADELPHIA appeared in our second edition of Saturday. Her sinking was caused by striking some hidden obstruction at Bar Pt., possibly the one which the RUSSIA struck last fall. She was immediately headed for shallow water, and sunk with her bow resting in 12 ft., and her stern in 14 ft. of water. Her cargo consisted of 42,000 bu. wheat consigned to Buffalo, and some flour for Erie. The wheat was all wet, but the flour will probably sustain little damage. The tug MAGNET, with steam pump, &c., was despatched to her assistance from Detroit.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 7, 1873 3-5

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      Advices were received here yesterday indicating that the PHILADELPHIA was about ready to float. A dispatch yesterday afternoon from Malden, from whence she can be sighted, stated that they were getting up steam, and evidence that the boiler grate was above water. It had been found necessary to secure additional force of steam pumps from Detroit. The wheat was all damaged, and will prove nearly a total loss. some 10,000 bu. were probably pumped overboard. The Detroit Tribune says: It was insured for about $52,500 in Milwaukee agencies, the Aetna having $5,000, and Northwestern National $5,000. The Pacific Insurance Co. loses $15,000, on the wheat. The Northwestern National also has a risk of $5,000 on the hull of the PHILADELPHIA.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 9, 1873 3-5

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      The prop. PHILADELPHIA which was sunk at Bar Pt. last Friday has been raised and arrived at Detroit about noon yesterday.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 10, 1873 3-4

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      The prop. PHILADELPHIA discharged her cargo in Niagara River, and is now in drydock undergoing repairs. The loss sustained in consequence of her disaster at Bar Pt., including 42,000 bushels wheat and the expense of raising and repairing the vessel, will aggregate about $70,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 22, 1873 3-5

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.055277 Longitude: -83.116388
William R. McNeil
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Philadelphia (Propeller), aground, 1 Jul 1873