Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cumberland (Steamboat), aground, 1 Jul 1877
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The Canadian steamer CUMBERLAND is on a reef not down on the charts, eight miles from the Southwest end of Isle Royale, Lake Superior, in a manner which will involve a great deal of trouble to get her off.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 1, 1877

It is feared that the steamer CUMBERLAND, ashore on Isle Royale reef, will be worth but little after being gotten off; if she does not prove a total loss before it is possible to perform the operation.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 8, 1877

Now they say that the CUMBERLAND, on Isle Royale reef, has parted, and that no part of her can be saved.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 10, 1877

      It is shown that the reef upon which the CUMBERLAND was lost, near Isle Royale, is plainly marked in the official charts of the United States. If the commander of the vessel had in use a chart upon which it was not marked he is partially relieved of the responsibility for the misfortune.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 16, 1877

The CUMBERLAND is a total wreck. It having been found impossible to get her off the shoal upon which she struck. The officers and crew came down by the FRANCES SMITH having abandoned their boat. Nearly everything movable was taken off before she was abandoned. It is understood that she is full insured. The reef on which she struck is not shown on ant Canadian chart.
      Barrie Northern Advance
      August 23, 1877

The steamer CUMBERLAND, of Toronto, 229 tons register and 7 years of age, On July 23, 1877 while bound from Port Arthur's landing to Collingwood, stranded 5 miles S.W. from Washington Harbour, Isle Royal, Lake Superior, on a shoal not marked on the charts. A total loss, to the value of $42,000
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty which occurred in 1877
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries. Sessional Papers No. 1, A 1878

CUMBERLAND, paddle-wheel stmr. Built Port Robinson, Ont. 1871, of 205 x 26 x 11. Wrecked Isle Royale July 23, 1877.
      Provincial List of Canadian Merchant Vessels
      1809 - 1930 World Ship Society, by J.M. Mills

CUMBERLAND, paddle-wheel stmr. Built Port Robinson, Ont. 1871, of 418 tons gross; 228 tone Register. Home port, Toronto, Ont. 204.5 x 26.0 x 10.7. Owned by William Thomson, of Toronto. Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1874

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Reason: aground
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 48.00044 Longitude: -88.83341
William R. McNeil
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Cumberland (Steamboat), aground, 1 Jul 1877