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Nebraska (Propeller), U18093, aground, 9 Nov 1900

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Alpena, November 9. -- The wooden steamer NEBRASKA, bound from Buffalo to Gladstone with a cargo of coal and general merchandise, went ashore in North Bay, near Presque Isle light, this morning. A northeast gale is raging and the steamer lies in an exposed position. The tug JOHN OWEN will go out to the steamer at 10 o'clock tonight and take a large crew of men to lighter the cargo when the sea goes down. The NEBRASKA is in a bad place, as there is considerable rock there.
      She belongs to the line of steamers operated by the Soo Railroad, and she has 3,000 tons of general merchandise on deck and a cargo of soft coal in her hold. The merchandise is consigned to parties in the northwest, and is very valuable. Wrecking master Lindley has been ordered from Chicago and left there tonight.
      The steamer CITY OF GLASGOW came into port today to land Patrick Whalen, a sailor who had his leg broken by being hurled across the steamer's deck by a hugh wave which boarded the boat.
      The NEBRASKA is 33 years old, registers 1,483 gross tons, rates A 2, is valued at $30,000, but it is not known here whether or not she is insured. She is owned by W. E. Fitzgerald and others, of Milwaukee, and this year has been running in the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Buffalo Steamship Co.'s service. J. C. Maclay, of Buffalo being the manager. She is commanded by Capt. Peter Thompson.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 9, 1900
The wooden steamer NEBRASKA bound from Buffalo to Gladstone with a cargo of coal and general merchandise, went ashore in North Bay near Presque Isle Light Friday morning.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, November 10, 1900
      Steam screw CONGRESS. * U.S. No.18093. Of 1,320 tons gross; 893 tons net. Built at Cleveland, Ohio in 1867. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 265.5 x 35.5 x 12.9 of 300 Indicated horse power and a crew of 18.
* formerly steam screw NEBRASKA.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1903
The name of the steamer NEBRASKA will be changed to CONGRESS. The boat is now being fitted in Chicago for the lumber trade.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 20, 1902

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.3514 Longitude: -83.48887
William R. McNeil
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Nebraska (Propeller), U18093, aground, 9 Nov 1900