Maritime History of the Great Lakes
A. Booth (Propeller), U106108, sunk, 27 Aug 1886
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      Buffalo, Sept. 17. - Smith, Davis & Co., in behalf of the underwriters, have closed a contract with S.A. Murphy of Detroit to raise the steamer A. BOOTH, which is sunk in about 60 feet of water at Grand Portage, 140 miles from Duluth, Lake Superior. In case Murphy delivers her at Duluth this fall he is to get $4,500, otherwise he receives nothing. It is understood that he will begin work on the wreck at once.
      The Detroit Tribune
      Saturday, September 18, 1886

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Propeller A. BOOTH of 26 tons, built 1882. sunk on Lake Superior, August 27, 1886 and became a total loss. Property loss $17,200. No lives lost.
      1886 Casulaty List (Partial Loss)
      The Marine Record
      December 15, 1886

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Duluth, July 28. - Capt. J. Falcon of Chicago has raised the propeller A. BOOTH, sunk near Grand Marais last year. She is in comparatively good condition and will be repaired at Duluth.
      Chicagi Inter-Ocean
      July 29, 1887

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      Chicago. - A. Booth & Sons, received word from Duluth that the A. BOOTH, which was sunk in Lake Superior last year, has been raised.
      The Marine Record
      Thursday, August 18, 1887 p.1

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Duluth, August 23. - The A. BOOTH, owned by A. Booth & Sons of Chicago, which was raised a week ago, was struck by a squall while being towed to Duluth and went down in twenty fathoms of water six miles from here, where it will be impossible to raise her. Her original cost was $60,000.
      Chicago Inter-Ocean
      August 24, 1887

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      Duluth. - Tug BOWER left the scene of the wreck of the propeller A. BOOTH Saturday, having in tow the BOOTH, which had been raised by Capt. J.C. Falcon, of Chicago. The BOOTH was raised by casks and was seemingly well enough protected by them to enable her to reach Duluth in safety. About 20 miles this side of Grand Marais, a northeaster struck her and after four casks had been torn away, she filled with water, keeled over and sank in twenty fathoms of water where she probably cannot be raised. Captain Falcon had been at work on the wreck about two months, and believed he would be successful in bringing her to the docks here at Duluth. The BOOTH was worth $14,000
      The Marine Record
      Thursday, August 25, 1887 p.5

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Steam screw A. BOOTH. U. S. No. 106108. Of 45.20 tons gross; 26.32 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill., 1882. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 98.0 x 15.0 x 5.3
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

Item Type
Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $17,200
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Minnesota, United States
    Latitude: 47.96378 Longitude: -89.68481
William R. McNeil
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A. Booth (Propeller), U106108, sunk, 27 Aug 1886