Manistee (1867)
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Service History

The Manistee was a wooden freight and passenger propeller built in 1867 by E.M. Peck in Cleveland, Ohio. She originally worked the South Shore of Lake Superior for the Duluth Lake Transportation Company. She was sold at auction in 1876 and was lengthened in 1874 when she was given the big arch trusses which were so prominent .

1867: Received addition of a cabin and upper works.

1868, March: Ran Grand Haven, Muskegon, Pentwater, Pere Marquette, Manistee, Michigan.

1869, August: Collided at Ludington, Michigan.

1871, February: Aground at Milwaukee.

1871, May: Rebuilt by Campbell and Owen Company. Received new arches and lengthened.

1872, January: Became waterlogged in Milwaukee Harbor after breaking a bottom plank.

!872, May: Ran down the schooner S. Robinson east of Milwaukee.

1873, February: Trapped in ice pack and released in northern Lake Michigan.

1874, April: Refitted.

1874, October: Aground at Neebish Rapids, St. Mary's River.

1881, June: Strengthen and refastened.

1883, April: Received a new smokestack.

Last Document Of Enrollment Surrendered: Chicago: December 3, 1883.
Final Voyage

The Manistee's final voyage started at Duluth, Minnesota on November 10, 1883. The vessel was bound for Ontonogan with a 400 ton cargo and a crew of twenty three along with seven passengers. A gale descended on the area forcing the Manistee to seek shelter at Bayfield on the 11th. Captain McKay choose to weather out the storm until Thursday when it looked safe to proceed. The City of Duluth had taken some of the Manistee's passengers. The Manistee was never seen again and is believed to have foundered somewhere between Bay field and Ontonagon on November 16, 1883. Supposed wreckage was reported near Keweenaw and Outer Island. Her mast was found in Sand Bay and wreckage appeared at Isle Royal. She probably went down east of the Apostle Islands.

Indeed, much wreckage was found strewn all the way from the Apostle Islands to the Keweenaw. None of the thirty to forty people on board were ever found.
 
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