The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wahnipitae (Barge), aground, 26 Oct 1890

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Cleveland, Oct. 27. -- The barge WAHNAPETA ,(sic) in tow of the steamer JOHN M. NICHOLAS, was cast off whilr opposite this port last night and undertook to make the harbor. On account of the high wind she drove, a helpless wreck, on the breakwater. The Life-saving crew succeeded in saving all on the barge but John Williamson of Algoma, Mich., and Ora W. Smith of Oswego, sailors. The sea is sweeping over the barge and she will probably go to pieces.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 27, 1890

NOTE:-- Proper name of barge = WAHNIPITAE

      The barge WAHNAPITAL will no longer blocade harbors. The monster barge struck on the Cleveland breakwater Sunday night in trying to make the harbor; going to pieces a little later. The cargo is scattered along the beach for several miles. Oria W. Smith, a sailor, was lost overboard. The cargo will probably be recovered.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 28, 1890
Capt. McLeod wires the underwriters that the barge WAHNAPITAL is a total loss at Cleveland. She has gone to pieces, a Cleveland paper says.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 29, 1890

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Reason: aground
Lives: 2
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Wahnipitae (Barge), aground, 26 Oct 1890