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Oswegatchie (Propeller), U19189, sunk, 26 Nov 1891

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The steambarge OSWEGATCHIE foundered off Sturgeon Point on Thursday. The crew were rescued and taken to Alpena. The barge GOODELL, one of her consorts, is missing. They were lumber laden.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, November 27, 1891
Monday night during a heavy gale, the GOODELL became seperated from the OSWEGATCHIE and drifted ashore near Thunder Bay. The crew abandoned her on Wednesday in an open boat. The drifted for four days without oars or food and arrived at Bayfield, 35 miles from Point Edward. All are badly frostbitten.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, December 1, 1891

On Thanksgiving day when the steamer OSWEGATCHIE foundered on Lake Huron and her barges drifted ashore, Capt. Edward Ballentine of the steamer ELFIN-MERE was among the lake faring men who displayed great bravery in rescuing the crews of the distressed vessels. He saved a crew of thirteen from the OSWEGATCHIE. At Bay City a few days ago the owners of the ELFIN MERE in the presence of a large gathering of vessel owners and masters at a banquet, presented Capt. Ballentine with a gold medal as a token of regard for his bravery.
      The Marine Review
      January 7, 1892

During 1891 five boats of the Huron District have gone out of commission. The OSCAR TOWNSEND, OSWEGATCHIE, J.S. RUBY, B.F. PERRIS AND TUG mildred.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, January 16, 1892

The NEFF which was sunk yesterday at Cleveland was sailed by Capt. A.H. Schafer, of Detroit, who lost the steambarge OWEGATCHIE in a storm on Lake Huron last fall. William Shafer, of St. Clair acted as mate. Alex Raethe of Oscada, was engineer, with Charles Clipper of Michigan City, Ind. as fireman. The NEFF is owned by James Corrigan of this city. She is valued at $7,000 and is classed A 2 in the Inland Lloyds Register, and is insured for about $4,000. She will probably be raised soon. - Cleveland leader
      Buffalo Enquirer
      August 12, 1892 2-1

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Reason: sunk
Freight: lumber
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.71362 Longitude: -83.26997
William R. McNeil
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Oswegatchie (Propeller), U19189, sunk, 26 Nov 1891