Maritime History of the Great Lakes
America (Steamboat), aground, 18 Apr 1848
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Steamer AMERICA, ran her full length on Grosse Island, in the Detroit River, during the gale of April 18th. 1848
      Casualty List for 1848
      Erik Hyle's private papers

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We learn from the offices of the steamer LONDON that the steamer AMERICA, on her downward trip from Detroit got aground on Mama Juda about 9 o'clock Tuesday evening. Her passengers and the express were brought to this port by the LONDON She will probably be got off with but little injury.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, April 21, 1848

      STEAMER AMERICA. - The Detroit Free Press of the 20th, inst., says this vessel grounded about 10 miles below the city, on Fighting Island. She was under full headway when she struck, and is quite hard ashore.
      Buffalo republic
      Saturday, April 22, 1848


      The Detroit Free Press of Friday says the steamer AMERICA was still aground yesterday afternoon, and the prospects of getting her off, not very flattering. A number of boats and scows with screws, chains and tackle went down for the purpose of raising her, so that she could be worked off. The LONDON and SCOTT, night before last, took aboard many of her passengers and made some effort to get her off, but they were unable to effect it.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, April 24, 1848

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Reason: aground
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.216944 Longitude: -83.118611
William R. McNeil
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America (Steamboat), aground, 18 Apr 1848