The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Granite State (Propeller), aground, 29 Sep 1881

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A dispatch to the Chicago Tribune, dated October 3d, says: The steambarge GRANITE STATE, with three rafts of telegraph poles and cedar ties in tow from the Sault to Chicago, ran on a reef off Black River, at the foot of this lake, during the blow on Thursday night, and the rafts were driven ashore. By jettisoning her deck load of cedar ties, the GRANITE STATE worked over the reef and let go both anchors. The cable of the large anchor parted and the stock of the small one broke, but the craft managed to keep herself from going on the mainland until after the gale abated on the following day, when she extracted herself from behind the reef and proceeded to the Straits for fuel. The stranded rafts are said to be worth $10,000.
      Another telegram to the same paper says: The steambarge GRANITE STATE is ashore alongside the pier at Clay Banks, and nearly full of water. She put into Clay Banks on account of a leak sustained a few days before in getting on the beach at Black River. The captain had a tug engaged to go to her assistance, but he telegraphed at 6 o'clock this evening that there was no use for a tug.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, October 6, 1881

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      It is reported that James Tufts of Clay Banks, who has had considerable experience in wrecking, has purchased the wreck of the steambarge GRANITE STATE, and will proceed to save the machinery if possible. Captain Kirtland of the LEVIATHAN says the GRANITE STATE's back is broken, but the captain of the vessel says it is not.
      Cleveland Herald
      Saturday, October 22, 1881

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: cedar ties
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.70694 Longitude: -87.70314
William R. McNeil
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Granite State (Propeller), aground, 29 Sep 1881