Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Rochester Daily Union (Rochester, NY), Tues., Nov. 18, 1856
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Another Propeller Sunk - Narrow Escape of the Crew. - The propeller Northern Michigan, of Crawford & Co's Line, sunk about 11 o'clock last night on the bar at the mouth of our harbor. She was bound from the Upper Lakes to Ogdensburg with a cargo of beef and pork, and left the mouth of the Welland Canal yesterday morning.

When 40 miles from this port she broke her shaft box and began to leak very fast. It was with great difficulty that the crew of the disabled vessel succeeded in keeping her afloat. There was a heavy sea running which rendered her condition still more critical. Fortunately the propeller Granite State came in sight and was hailed by the captain of the Northern Michigan. He took the disabled vessel in tow and headed for Genesee River, arriving here as above. The Granite State did not succeed, however, in getting her in. The Northern Michigan had so much water in her that she struck on the bar just inside of the piers and settled down with her deck barely above water.

The Granite State could do no more and left the sunken vessel. She lies in a critical position, exposed to the force of the sea when the wind blows from a northerly direction. A schooner was alongside this morning and the crew were busy in removing the deck load of the propeller. If weather permits the Northern Michigan will no doubt be raised soon and brought in. Her cargo is one not liable to great damage.

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Richard Palmer
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Rochester Daily Union (Rochester, NY), Tues., Nov. 18, 1856