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Calumet (Propeller), U126237, aground, 27 Nov 1889

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The steambarge CALUMET went ashore Wednesday night near Chicago. She is a total loss. The Evenston Life Saving crew rescued the crew. She was bound from Buffalo with coal and had been built at Buffalo in 884.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, November 29, 1889

      Capt. James Ash is at Chicago, Quinn, the diver, reported that the soldiers are using the place near where the CALUMET is sunk for a shooting gallery. Quinn is therefore unable to get at the wreck. Mr. Ash has appealed to the authorities at Washington.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 18, 1890
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Wreckers have rescued the machinery of the steambarge CALUMET which sank near Chicago last fall.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 1, 1890

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The machinery of the steamer CALUMET, sunk near Chicago, has been removed and taken to Waukegan.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, September 3, 1890
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      The first gold medals which were ever awarded to an entire crew in the United States Life Saving Service by the government were given last week to the Evanston crew for the brave rescue of the crew of the CALUMET, which went ashore at Fort Sheridan, Lake Michigan, last Thanksgiving Day. The recipients of this high honor are Capt. L.O. Lawson, George L. Crosby, E. B. Fowler, William Ewillg, W.L. Wilson and Jacob Loining, who, with the exception of the captain, are all students in the Northwestern University. The rescue was accomplished in the face of what seemed certain death, as the waves dashed high up on the perpendicular clay cliffs, down which the life boat was lowered by the soldiers of the fort.
      Marine Review
      October 30, 1890
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The engines of the tug A.J. WRIGHT are to be put into the I.N. FOSTER being converted to a steamer, the A.J. WRIGHT when rebuilt will get the engines of the steamer CITY OF CHARLEVOIX and the boilers of the wrecked steamer CALUMET.
      Marine Review
      February 23, 1893
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CALUMET Built 1883 Wood
U. S. No. 126237 1526 gt -1180 nt 256.8' x 37.2' x 19.8'
Stranded November 27, 1889, off Fort Sheridan (Evanston), Illinois, Lake Michigan.
      Union Dry-dock, Buffalo, Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio.

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Calumet (Propeller), U126237, aground, 27 Nov 1889