Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Forest Queen (Steamboat), aground, 6 Apr 1857
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Steamer FOREST QUEEN, struck on a rock in Lake Huron, was run ashore near the
St. Clair River to prevent her sinking. Property loss $1,200.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      THE FOREST QUEEN AGROUND. - Night before last, as the steamer FOREST
QUEEN was coming down the river, when about six miles this side of Port Huron, she
ran upon the Canada shore in a thick fog. Word was sent to the FORESTER, which was
lying at Port Huron, and she came down yesterday morning, and, after taking off the
freight of the FOREST QUEEN, succeeded in pulling her off. No material damage was
sustained. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 17, 1858

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      STEAMER FOREST QUEEN SUNK. - The steamer FOREST QUEEN, bound hence for Saginaw, in attempting to stop at Bark Shanty night before last, at a late hour, was misled by the lights, and ran on a rock, knocking a hole in her bottom which caused her to leak so badly that she was put about and ran for Port Huron. The pumps were set going, and she was kept comparatively clear for some time, but the water finally gained upon her, and about 3 o'clock in the morning, off Lexington, she signalled the FORESTER, which was just leaving the latter place for Goderich. The FORESTER took her in tow and started for Port Huron; but when within about eight miles of the latter place she was run on a sandy beach. The FORESTER came back to Port Huron, where she found the tug B.F. BRUCE, with a steam pump, which was immediately despatched to her assistance. She will probably be brought down by the BRUCE, today. The FORESTER took off her freight, some of which was damaged, and returned with it to this port. While the FORESTER had the QUEEN in tow, a colored deck-hand on the FORESTER, named Haze, in attempting to step from one boat to the other, lost his footing and fell into the lake and was drowned. - Detroit Adv. 8th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic & Times
      Friday, April 9, 1858

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      The steamer FOREST QUEEN has been raised and towed into Detroit for repairs. It is thought her repairs will not cost over $1,000. She was expected to be able to leave for Saginaw yesterday. - Cleveland Herald, April 10th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic & Times
      Monday, April 12, 1858

Item Type
Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.26808 Longitude: -82.53076
William R. McNeil
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Forest Queen (Steamboat), aground, 6 Apr 1857