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Minneapolis (Propeller), U90524, sunk, 4 Apr 1894

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The steamer MINNEAPOLIS, owned by Parker and Millen of Detroit was crushed by ice in the Straits of Mackinac this morning in 20 fathoms of water. The crew were rescued by her consort, SAN DIEGO. The crew then were transferred to the tug FAVORITE which brought them to Cheboygan.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, April 4, 1894

Cheboygan, Mich., April 4. --The propeller MINNEAPOLIS, one of the grain fleet which left Chicago Sunday, came to grief in the gale in the Straits of Mackinac early this morning.
      The Captain of the MINNEAPOLIS reached here about 8 o'clock and reports that at 3:30 o'clock when off McGulpin's Point, the MINNEAPOLIS sank in 20 fathoms of water. The crew managed to escape and were brought here on the SANTIAGO and RED WING. The MINNEAPOLIS had a cargo of 48,517 bushels of wheat which is insured at Chicago. The MINNEAPOLIS was built in 1873 at Marine City, Mich., and was owned by A.A. Parker of Detroit. She was 950 tons net register, valued at $50,000 and insured for $43,750. The vessel and cargo will be a total loss.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      April 4, 1894

The steamer MINNEAPOLIS foundered off McGulpin's Point, Straits of Mackinaw on Wednesday. The MINNEAPOLIS was a wooden propeller of 1,072 tons, built in 1873 and owned by A. A. Packer, of Detroit. She was rated A 2 and valued at $50,000, insured for $43,750.
      When the disaster occurred she was on her way from Chicago to Buffalo laden with 48,000 bushels of grain. It is supposed that the heavy gale that was blowing from the south-west swung a mass of ice against her side, staving a hole large enough to sink her.
      Marine Record
      April 5, 1894

      The wreck of the MINNEAPOLIS, a steamer which sank in 1894, lies just west of the Mackanac Bridge in one hundred twenty-five feet. The MINNEAPOLIS was only identified last summer by divers who raised her binnacle and running lights. It is reported that her anchors and chains are intact. Diving on this wreck should be done in early afternoon when the wreck will be in the shadows of the Mackinac Bridge when the sun is in the east.
      Skin Diver Magazine
      September 1967
Steam screw MINNEAPOLIS. U.S. No. 90524..Of 1.072.22 tons gross; 949.76 tons net. Built at Marine City, Mich., in 1873. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 226.3 x 34.0 x 11.2 and of 600 nominal horse power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1891

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: grain
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.78029 Longitude: -84.79283
William R. McNeil
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Minneapolis (Propeller), U90524, sunk, 4 Apr 1894