Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Rochester Daily Union (Rochester, NY), Wed., Nov. 19, 1856
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The Sunken Propeller. - The schooner Eliza Wilson was alongside the propeller Northern Michigan early yesterday morning, and her deck load was speedily transferred to the schooner. After taking off a good part of her cargo, and by the aid of pumps, the sunken propeller floated and was brought to the pier. The leak in her stuffing box was so far stopped that steam was put on, and she left last night for Ogdensburg.

Her cargo, or so much of it as the Eliza Wilson took off, was transferred to the steamer Ontario, which vessel also went to Ogdensburg last evening. The Northern Michigan had a narrow escape. Her crew and owners may count themselves fortunate. When the leak in the stuffing box commenced, the propeller was forty miles from this, - the only port her officers could hope to reach - and a gale was blowing. The water gained upon the crew in spite of their labors at the pumps, and when there was found four feet of water in the hold, the fires went out. A signal of distress was put up, and fortunately the Granite State came to relieve them, and did in fact save the propeller. Had not aid been at hand, the propeller must have foundered in a short time and the crew would have had to depend upon a small boat for their safety - a poor dependence in a gale with a heavy sea running.

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Richard Palmer
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes
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Rochester Daily Union (Rochester, NY), Wed., Nov. 19, 1856