The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Idaho (Propeller), aground, 1 Jun 1891

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The special train carrying Dunham's wrecking pumps for the stranded steamer IDAHO will reach Duluth at midnight tonight and the pumps will be hurried to the wreck. The train cost $600.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, June 9, 1891

The steamer IDAHO of the Western Transit Line, aground on Lake Superior, has a cargo of 600 barrels and 1,000 sacks of flour. The cargo is insured in the Chicago agencies. The hull is insured in the London Lloyds.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Thursday, June 11, 1891
LOST IN THE SMOKE. -- The latest intelligence regarding the IDAHO is that the steamer had lost her course in the heavy smoke which overhung Lake Superior from the forest fires. There was no sea on, but she ran on the rocks under a full head of steam. She is about 30 miles from the Portage Lake canal. Two steam pumps have arrived on the scene. There was a perfect calm, and the passengers were rowed to the canal in yawl boats. Another dispatch says: "What reason there was for beaching the IDAHO is not known in Hancock. The captain was not here, he remaining on board the steamer. The second mate and others of the crew who brought the passengers here only remained a short time and they made no statement. There is now stormy weather, and the prospects of rescue are not good. The cargo of flour is wet."
Dispatches from Ontonagon say: The steamer IDAHO, which ran on the beach nine miles east of Ontonagon, is lying on a limestone reef and cannot be got off until pumps arrive. Her officers were here today for tugs and a lighter, which have gone to her. The captain cannot account for the accident, as he was inshore 15 miles off his course. He blames his compass. If a heavy wind or sea set in, she will go to pieces.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, June 12, 1891
      The Lake Transit Company's steamer IDAHO has been released, and will be brought here for repairs.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, June 16, 1891
Through stranding of the propeller IDAHO, nine miles east of Ontonagon, Lake Superior, the Western Transit Company sustains another loss. It was necessary to send wrecking apparatus on a special train from Chicago and all of the boat's freight had to be taken out before she was released.
      Marine Review
      June 18, 1891.


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Reason: aground
Freight: flour
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.87105 Longitude: -89.31403
William R. McNeil
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Idaho (Propeller), aground, 1 Jun 1891