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St. Louis (Steamboat), aground, 8 Nov 1852

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All hope of saving ST. LOUIS abandoned. She is going to pieces since storm of last Thursday night. (Detroit Advertiser).
      Cleveland Evening Herald
      November 17, 1852

Stm. LONDON arrived in Sandusky with the engine from the ST. LOUIS. The hull is abandoned
      Cleveland Evening Herald
      November 18, 1852

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ST. LOUIS 1844-1852
Builder: Samual Hubbell, Perrysburg, Ohio
Machinery : Allaire Works, New York, N. Y.
Hull : wood 190.1 x 27.5 x 12.4 618 tons
Engine : Cross-Head Engine Cylinder : 44" dia. x 9' Stroke
Wheels : 28' dia.
Owners : John Hollister & others, 1844 - 1852
The completed hull of the St. LOUIS was towed to Cleveland, where it received the engine of the SANDUSKY, which had burned there. On August 2, 1844 St. LOUIS was enrolled at Buffalo. On October 7, 1844 west-bound out of Buffalo with a full load of passengers, the
St. LOUIS ran into a severe storm off Dunkirk, N. Y. The strain broke one of her shafts, while a hugh wave broke over her and swept four passengers overboard. A jig and stay sail was hoisted to steady her and running only on one wheel, the Niagara River was finally reached
after an all night battle with wind and waves, the swift current of the river carried her downstream towards Black Rock. The Buffalo & Port Erie Steam Ferry went after the St. LOUIS, caught her and towed her to the landing at the foot of Ferry St. where she was moored.
On June 3, 1845 as the St. LOUIS was on her way from Buffalo to Milwaukee and Chicago her engine broke down off Thunder Bay, L. Huron, Humiliatingly enough, the helpless steamer was taken in tow by the brig. ROBERT HUNTER and brought safely into port for repairs, insult
added to injury, in the Winter of 1845-46 a hugh ice-jam formed in Buffalo River causing a great deal of damage to the steamers moored there for the Winter; the St. LOUIS was especially badly battered and wrenched.
The St. LOUIS seemed to have more than her fair share of collisions On October 11, 1850 the propeller ONEIDA ran into her off Vermilion, Ohio, luckily last minute measures prevented what might have beem a major accident. The damaged inflicted on the St. LOUIS amounted to
less than 500 Dollars. Again on August 27, 1851 an assault was committed on the St. LOUIS. This time by the propeller ROSSITER as she was coming into the harbour at Chicago. The St. LOUIS was so badly damaged that extensive repairs were required before she was again fit for service.
On November 7, 1852, carrying a full cargo of flour and rolling freight, the St. LOUIS was driven ashore at night one and one-half miles northeast of Cunningham's Island, Now Kelly's Island, Lake Erie, near Toledo. She became a total wreck, her passengers were taken off the
Island Nov. 8, 1852 by the NORTHERN INDIANA. On November 27, 1852 the LONDON brought parts of the engine of the St. LOUIS to Sandusky. The hull was burned later.
      Early American Steamers
      by Erik Hyle
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.44894 Longitude: -82.70796
William R. McNeil
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St. Louis (Steamboat), aground, 8 Nov 1852