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Neshoto (Propeller), aground, 10 Sep 1892

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      Cleveland, Sept. 12. -- Telegrams to the owners today state that the steamer NESHOTO, Capt. Murphey, went ashore Saturday morning between Eagle Harbor and Keweenaw Point, Lake Superior. Particulars are meagre, but telegrams stated that the big steamer was full of water. She was bound for Duluth with coal. The NESHOTO is owned by R. R. Rhodes and others of this city.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Monday, September 12, 1892
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Cleveland, Sept. 14. -- The steamer NESHOTO, ashore at Keweenaw Point, is insured for $110,000 in the following companies: Commercial Union, $18,000; Elphicke & Co., $8,500; St. Paul Fire & Marine, $8,500; Michigan Fire & Marine, $10,000; London Assurance $20,000; western Assurance, $22,500; British & Foreign, $25,000.
Chicago, Sept. 14. -- Dennis Sullivan of Milwaukee has been ordered to the NESHOTO to represent the owner, R. R. Rhodes of Cleveland. Telegrams from Chicago are unfavorable for the steamer's release.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, September 14, 1892
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Chicago, Sept. 16. -- Te;legrams to Chicago Underwriters this morning announced that the steamer NESHOTO was being released from Keweenaw Point and is now at La Ance. Her bottom is badly broken up. She will proceed to Duluth and unload her coal.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, September 16, 1892
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      Duluth, Sept. 22. -- The NESHOTO weas docked here yesterday. Her planking is badly broken in 100 feet back from her bow, from 4 to 10 feet on either side. Many of her frames are also broken up. It will take two weeks for repairs.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Thursday, September 22, 1892
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Arguments for Improved Fog Signals - Newspapers of the lakes will not be at fault if the United States lighthouse board fails to take action with a view to reducing the time between the beginning of a fog and the blowing of signals at fog signal stations on the lakes where machinery is not of improved kind. All of the papers are directing attention to the danger of accident from delay in beginning the operation of these signals after a fog sets in. The Detroit Free Press cites as a case in point the accident to the wooden steamer NESHOTO, which was stranded on Kewenaw point, Lake Superior, some time ago. The NESHOTO was bound to Duluth with 2,000 tons of coal. The fog came on suddenly, blown down by an easterly wind. The aim of the master was to clear Manitou island and the point by a safe margin, but he did not wish to run a long way out into the lake to do it. He did clear the island just after the fog came down, and supposed he had a good stretch of water between himself and the point, when the big steamer struck the rocks. The shock was a fearful one. The rocks were half round boulders. The big boat, urged on by her speed of eleven miles an hour and by her heavy cargo, surged and grated onward until, when she finally stopped, her 7- foot mark was showing at the bow, and her stern sank in 26 feet of water. Then she took a list to port and went over 4 feet. The strain on the strong wooden hull was a hard one, but after several days of lightering, jacketing, pumping, jacking and pulling, the wrecker FAVORITE finally released her. But the loss was in the neighborhood of $40,000, including the wrecking bill.
      The Marine Review
      August 12, 1897

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Reason: aground
Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 47.40157 Longitude: -87.71178
William R. McNeil
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Neshoto (Propeller), aground, 10 Sep 1892