The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Henry Bessemer (Propeller), U46130, sunk, 6 Oct 1889

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The propeller BESSEMER owned by the Lake Michigan & Lake Superior Transportation Co., and the barge SCHUYLKILL are total wrecks near the entrance to the Portage Lake Ship Canal. Both vessels were laden with ore and opened up and sunk in a gale. The SCHUYLKILL is a total wreck and the BESSEMER is probably beyond reach of the wrecker. The BESSEMER was valued at $30,000 and insured for $25,000. The SCHUYLKILL is valued at $18,000 and insured for $15,166.
      Chicago Inter-Ocean
      October 6, 1889
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Hancock, Mich., Oct. 7. - The steamer BESSEMER and consort SCHUYLKILL, of Cleveland, were wrecked at the mouth of Lake Superior ship canal. The crew of nineteen men were saved with difficulty by the Life Saving crew under command of Capt. Ocha. Loss on vessels and cargo, $80,000 to $100,000. A terrific storm is now sweeping over Lake Superior.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, October 7, 1889

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Steamer BESSEMER, of 590 tons, sank 1 mile northwest of the old Portage Lake Ship Canal, Lake Superior, October 6, 1889. A 2nd. position gives 5 miles northeast of the Keeweenaw Waterway, Lake Superior.
      from "Great Wrecks of the Great Lakes"
      by Stonehouse

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      Steamer BESSEMER became a total loss in a heavy north-west gale on Lake Superior October 5, 1889, while trying to make a safe harbor.. No lives lost. Estimated value of vessel and cargo, $40,000.
      U. S. Weather Bureau's Report of Great
      Lakes Total Wrecks, 1885 to 1893

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      The wrecks of the schooner SCHUYLKILL and steamer BESSEMER have been removed from the Portage Canal.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 18, 1890
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Hancock, Aug. 29. -- Mason & Emery of this city, are engaged in raising the boilers and machinery of the steamer BESSEMER, which went ashore in a gale near Portage Ship Canal on Lake Superior in November, 1889. The boilers, which weight 30 tons, have been raised from the bottom and are now floating. It is expected that the engine will be taken out of the water this week.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Monday, August 29, 1892
Steam screw BESSEMER.* U.S. No. 46130. Of 390.38 tons gross; 440.27 ? tons net. Built 1875 at St. Clair, Mich. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 177.7 x 28.2 x 15.5.
* formerly steam screw JUSTIN R. WHITING.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1886

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: iron ore
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Henry Bessemer (Propeller), U46130, sunk, 6 Oct 1889