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Peerless (Propeller), U20470, aground, 27 Oct 1895

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      Snow And Gales---Several Vessels Aground And In Distress.
Ashland, Oct. 28. - A northwest gale prevails with snow. Several boats are anchored under the islands for shelter.
      Port Colborne, Oct. 28. - Schooner GEORGE W. DAVIS is ashore above Port Maitland. A tug which went out to her Saturday night became partially disabled and came back.
      Detroit, Oct. 28. - Capt. Wright of the steamer PRATT passed a vessels spar sticking out of the water between the seas which were rolling very high Saturday morning. The spar was four or five miles east southeast of Harrisville and 29 miles south of Thunder Bay. It is supposed to be the wreck of the schooner JOHN SHAW.
      The Lackawanna liner ORR, bound down, grounded on Grosse Point Saturday night, and the FITZGERALD, bound up, went on at the same place. The ORR was released by the WALES after lightening part of her flour, and the SAGINAW released the FITZGERALD. The schooner AURANIA on Grosse Point has been released. The BIELMAN, down bound, is ashore three miles south of the Dummy.
      St. Joseph, Oct. 28. - The steamer PEERLESS of the Lake Michigan & Lake Superior line, which left the harbor at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon for Chicago without cargo, was forced to turn back on account of the heavy gale and sea, and in attempting to enter the harbor at 6 P. M. went aground in the channel. She is exposed to the furious west sea and large waves are dashing against her. She had no passengers.
      Late last night the crew of the PEERLESS were still on the boat, and the life-savers said they could not be reached on account of the furious sea.
      No communication could be had with the crew of the steamer during the night.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, October 28, 1895

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      Steamer PEERLESS At The Mercy Of a Terrible Gale At St. Joseph, Mich.
      Left St. Joseph For Chicago But Had To Put Back, So Fierce Was The Tempest.
      Went Aground And Is Pounding To Pieces.
Chicago, Oct. 28. -- Dispatches from St. Joseph, Mich., says:- The steamer PEERLESS of the Lake Michigan & Lake Superior line went aground at the entrance to St. Joseph Harbor and now lies in a perilous situation. Early this morning the boat had shifted over on her side, so that the gangways were under water and the stern was pounding badly on the bed rock.
      The PEERLESS left St. Joseph docks for Chicago without cargo. Just outside the harbor the gale had lashed up such a sea that the captain turned about and put back.
      In attempting to enter the channel she went aground just inside the piers, listed over to one side several feet and lay exposed to a furious sea and large waves were constantly dashing against her.
      No tugs were available in the St. Joseph harbor, and it was impossible to render any assistance to the disabled steamer until the sea runs down.
      It was feared that before the gale ceases to blow the PEERLESS would be a wreck and possibly all on board would be lost.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, October 28, 1895

Steam screw PEERLESS. U. S. No. 20470. Of 1199 gross tons; 912 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio 1872. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 211.0 x 39.9 x 12.5
      Merchant vessel List, U. S., 1899

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    Latitude: 42.10976 Longitude: -86.48002
William R. McNeil
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Peerless (Propeller), U20470, aground, 27 Oct 1895