The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Superior (Lighter), sunk, 27 Nov 1878

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Bay City, Mich., Nov. 27. -- The lighter SUPERIOR was waterlogged last evening at ten o'clock. She had on board 1,500 barrels of salt, 1,425 to 1,450 of which are lost. The accident was caused, presumably, by the working about of the propeller RUSSIA, for which she was lightering, not dropping the anchor, as is the usual custom. Captain Mckay had control of the lighter, and when asking assistance of the RUSSIA, failed to receive it, and Captain Gordon of the tug WITCH OF THE WEST, offered the captain of the RUSSIA five times the price of the line on the RUSSIA to tow the lighter in, and was refused. A lawsuit will probably result.
      Bay City, Nov. 29. -- The lighter which sunk with a load of salt at the mouth of the river, alongside of the propeller RUSSIA, Wednesday evening, has been recovered. The salt is a total loss, and was insured for $1,200 in the Orient Insurance Company.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Monday, December 2, 1878

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: salt
Remarks: Raised
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.59447 Longitude: -83.88886
William R. McNeil
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Superior (Lighter), sunk, 27 Nov 1878