The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Illinois (Propeller), aground, 13 Sep 1868

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STEAM BARGE 'ILLINOIS' WRECKED. -- Advices from Detroit state that the steam barge ILLINOIS was totally wrecked off Port Austin, Lake Huron on Sunday last. Her crew were picked up by the schooner METROPOLIS and carried to Detroit. The cargo of the ILLINOIS consisted of 116,000 feet of lumber. She was owned by Messrs, Ives of Windsor, Canada.
      Chicago Tribune
      Saturday, September 19, 1868

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THE ' ILLINOIS' -- It seems that the steam-barge ILLINOIS, the loss of which we mentioned on Saturday, became unmanageable through lack of steam, sprung a leak, filled with water, and drifted ashore, where she went to pieces. Her cargo was saved and piled up on the beach. The crew escaped from the doomed craft in the small boat.
LOSS OF A ONCE PROMINENT STEAMER. -- With the loss of the propeller-barge ILLINOIS, passes away another relic of bygone days, the ILLINOIS was built at Detroit in 1858 for D. Newberry Esq., late of Detroit, who in the times of early steamboating was one of the most prominent ship-owners on the lakes. The ILLINOIS came out in the fall of the above year commanded by Captain Chesley Blake, she made one round trip between Chicago and Buffalo and was then laid up at Detroit, being still in an unfinished state. She was 755 tons old style with low pressure cross head engine, which was transferred to ILLINOIS 2., now also defunct. A few years since she was raised from where she had sunk, at the lower end of Detroit and made into a steam-barge
      Chicago Tribune
      Monday, September 21, 1868

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.04613 Longitude: -82.99411
William R. McNeil
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Illinois (Propeller), aground, 13 Sep 1868