Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Dewitt Clinton (Steamboat), aground, 1 Sep 1838
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CLINTON, DeWITT Steamboat, on her recent trip to Chicago, ran aground near Beaver Island about 60 miles beyond Mackinaw, and that it became necessary to throw overboard most of her freight, consisting principally of merchandise in order to get her afloat
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Monday, September 17, 1838; 2:3

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Steamboat Accident. -- We are informed by Capt. Attas of the Michigan, that on Tuesday night, the 11 th inst. the steamboat. The DE WITT CLINTON was run upon a reef in the straits of Michilimackinac, about 30 miles from the island of last name, where she remained 48 hours, at the end of which period, after throwing overboard large quantities of Tin, Iron and Grain, she was able to get off and return to Mackinaw. She was met on her way back by the MADISON, which took the passengers on board. The loss is estimated at $50,000 and onward. The boat suffered no material injury
      The passengers on board the CLINTON, we are informed, spoke in the highest terms of praise of the conduct of Mr. Sauaman, the skilled captain of the boat.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, September 17, 1838

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Reason: aground
Freight: merchandise
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.66472 Longitude: -85.55731
William R. McNeil
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Dewitt Clinton (Steamboat), aground, 1 Sep 1838