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Nashua (Propeller), U18537, capsized\aground, 4 Oct 1892

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Telegraphic Enquiries Fail to Reveal Any Trace of the Missing Nashua.
      Dispatches below show that diligent enquiry has failed to reveal any trace of the steambarge NASHUA, and It seems but reasonable to suppose that she has been lost with probably all hands.
      Goderich, Oct. 5. -- Telegraphic enquiries along the shore of Lake Huron today failed to find any trace of the steambarge NASHUA, which Is belleved to have foundered off this port yesterday.
      Port Huron, Oct. 5. -- No tidings have been received of the steamer NASHUA. Mrs. Capt. Milton and Mrs. Capt. Shepard were on board, in addition to the crew of a dozen men. A northwest gale is blowing today.
      Cleveland, Oct. 5. -- Not a word from the steamer NASHUA has reached here today. Capt. Millen, who sails her, owns a large share of the boat.
Port Huron, Oct. 5. -- The steambarge NASHUA is believed to have foundered off Goderich, yesterday. The barge RYAN, which was in tow of the NASHUA, arrived here in the afternoon. Capt. Miller of the Ryan reports that when ten miles off Goderich, up Lake Huron,at 8 o'clock this morning, the NASHUA let go the tow line. A northwest gale was blowing and a heavy sea was running. The NASHUA was then rolling in the trough of the sea with disabled machinery, and had already lost her deckload of lumber. The RYAN stood by, and at daylight the NASHUA was again sighted flying a signal of distress. The steambarge GRATWICK was signalled from the RYAN, and was sent to where the NASHUA was last seen. Capt. Peterson of the GRATWICK reported on arriving here that he has searched for four hours for the missing steamer but could find nothing of her or the crew. The NASHUA was commanded by Capt. Richard Miller, and was owned by the Sturtevand Lumber Company of Cleveland. She was built in Cleveland in 1868, and was valued at $15,000. Capt. A. Muir, of this city was pilot on the NASHUA. Muir's family say they do not thing the NASHUA is lost
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, October 5, 1892
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      The tug HOWARD discovered the steambarge NASHUA upside down 8 miles west of Bayfield, Ontario. She foundered Wednesday. It is supposed the entire crew is drowned. Capt. Archibald Muir, one of the best known citizens of Port Huron is supposed to be among the drowned. he was the pilot for Capt. Miller. The captain of the HOWARD reports a hole in the bottom of the NASHUA indicating that the engine and boiler broke through and went to the bottom.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, October 6, 1892
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      Port Huron, Oct. 7. -- The tug HOWARD returned to Sand Beach yesterday and reports finding the steambarge NASHUA drifting upside down about 8 miles off Bayfield, a small village 12 miles south of Goderich. There was a large hole in the bottom of the hull as if the boiler and engine had gone through the bottom. No bodies or floating wreckage was found near the vessel. It is probable that all hands were lost, as if any had reached shore they would undoubtedly have been heard of before now. The only names of the missing people known here are Capt. Richard Miller and wife, Archie Muir of Port Huron, pilot; Charles Brockway, mate, of Brockway, Mich., and John Putnam first engineer, of Detroit. Capt. and Mrs. Miller left no family.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, October 7, 1892
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Port Huron, Oct. 10. -- Your correspondent has visited the wreck of the steambarge NASHUA, which ls ashore three mlles below Bayfield. The starboard side from 50 feet aft. of amidships to the stern is completely carried away. It is supposed that the boiler broke from its fastenings and went through the side of the steamer.
Saturday night a large quantity of wreckage came ashore. Four life jackets also came ashore and it is believed that they had been strapped on by the imperilled crew and after death came from exposure, the bodies had worked out of the jackets. The bodies of none of the 15 victim on board of the steamer when she encountered the gale on Lake Huron last Tuesday have been found, although a close watch is being kept along the shore.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Monday, October 10, 1892
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Steambarge NASHUA. U. S. No. 18537. Of 298.17 tons gross; 246.22 tons net. Builty Cleveland, Ohio, 1868. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 134.4 x 25.9 x 11.6 Of 300 ni,inal horse power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: capsized\aground
Lives: 15
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.56679 Longitude: -81.69978
William R. McNeil
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Nashua (Propeller), U18537, capsized\aground, 4 Oct 1892