The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
H. D. Coffinberry (Propeller), U95285, aground, 25 Aug 1892

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Sand Beach, Aug. 26. -- The steamer aground here which was yesterday reported as unknown, turns out to be the H. D. COFFINBERRY, which shifted her boiler in the gale and headed for shore under sail. She grounded two miles south of Port Hope, on a stony bottom. It is feared her bottom is pounded out. Part of the crew came ashore in their own boat, and the life saving crew brought the balance ashore. She is loaded with soft ore. The hull is insured for $25,000. The steamer UGANDA, bound down, made an unsuccessful attempt to pick her up outside, but the sea was too heavy to do anything.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, August 26, 1892

The H.D. COFFINBERRY loaded with iron ore from Escanaba for Ashtabula went ashore on the rocks near Port Hope Thursday afternoon in a fierce Northwest gale. The crew were rescued by the Sand beach life saving crew and the tug ANAPNG. The COFFINBERRY was a wooden steambarge of 858 tons built at E. Saginaw in 1874. It is feared her bottom is pounded out.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, August 26, 1892

      Sand Beach, Aug. 29. -- Steamer H. D. COFFINBERRY was rescued from the rocks off Port Hope last night, and is now here. A diver is making temporary repairs. One pump keeps her free.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Monday, August 29, 1892
Steam screw H.D. COFFINBERRY. U. S. No. 95285. Of 858.35 tons gross; 706.78 tons net. Built East Saginaw, Mich., 1874. Home port, Cleveland, O. 191.4 x 33.5 x 13.4 Of 766 nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1897

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Reason: aground
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.94084 Longitude: -82.71271
William R. McNeil
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H. D. Coffinberry (Propeller), U95285, aground, 25 Aug 1892