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Antelope (Propeller), U571, aground, 24 Sep 1881

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Detroit, Sept. 26. -- The steambarge reported on Colchester Reef yesterday proves to be the ANTELOPE, bound up, light. She went on Saturday night, striking the machinery of the tug MAYFLOWER, which went to pieces there a short time ago. After going on she pounded so badly that Capt. Buey scuttled her. An expedition consisting of the tug JESSIE, two steam pumps and a diver left here late Sunday night to attempt her release. Great fears are entertained for her safety, as the weather here is very stormy and her position is very exposed.
      Cleveland Herald
      Tuesday, September 27, 1881
Detroit, Mich., Sept. 29. -- The steambarge ANTELOPE was released from Colchester Reef at 3 o'clock this afternoon by the tugs JESSIE and PRINCE ALFRED, and has been towed to Amherstburg, where she is reloading her cargo of coal. Two pumps are on her, one of which is constantly worked to keep her free. A diver went down and stopped her leaks. She will be brought to Detroit for repairs, which will cost about $1,000. The bright light on Colchester lightship burns well, but the red on is dim.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, September 30, 1881

      Steamer ANTELOPE. U. S. No. 571. Of 915.19 tons and 600 horse power. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869
Steam screw ANTELOPE. U. S. No. 571. Of 600 tons. Built Newport, Mich., 1861 by J.L. Wolverton, 201.6 x 31.7 x 12.0 Burned at Buffalo Nov. 1867 rebuilt as steam barge at Detroit 1868. Foundered Lake Superior, 1897.
      Herman Runge List

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.933333 Longitude: -82.893055
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Antelope (Propeller), U571, aground, 24 Sep 1881