The brig Mahoning
was used to carry grain in the eastern Great Lakes after she was first built. Later she was often seen on Lake Michigan at Milwaukee and Chicago continuing in hauling grain.. She was sold in 1857 and spent the remainder of her life on the western lakes hauling lumber mainly to Milwaukee and Chicago.
"Initially, it appears that the brig Mahoning
stranded near the mouth of Black River, 4 miles south of Sheboygan, during a gale on November 4, 1864. She was described as a total loss in the newspapers. Hirthe Ms. mentions her as sinking off Port Washington after being stranded on the beach south of Sheboygan. Likewise, the Marine Casualties list of 1864 lists her as foundering in Lake Michigan in November with a loss of ship at $7,000, a loss of cargo at 412,000 (insurance was $5,000 and $7,000, respectively). Subsequently, in June of 1865, salvage attempts were successful in recovering the Mahoning's
steam pumps, anchors and chains, standing riggers and blocks from a point midway between Racine and Milwaukee. Apparently, she capsized while in tow of a tug, during which time two lives were lost. The Magnet
were involved in the salvage operations."
Actually, it wasn't until December 2nd, 1864 that the Mahoning
foundered as she was being towed by the tug W.K. Muir
back to the Davidson shipyard in Milwaukee for major repairs after a struggle to get her off the beach near Sheboygan.