Columbia (1842)
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Service History


"First vessel to carry iron ore out of the Lake Superior region." " ... having delivered in 1857, the locomotive, Sevastopol to Marquette, Michigan, the first locomotive in upper Michigan." --From the Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Files
Final Voyage


In June 1859, the brig Columbia, bound from Chicago with "back freight," went on a ledge of rocks and went to pieces. Only her rigging was saved.
Final Voyage


A heavy snow squall blew in from the north just as the brig reached Death's Door and disoriented the navigator. Soon the little vessel was aground on treacherous rocks. She was located so close to a cliff that the yards on the foremast kept whipping around in the wind, slashing small trees and branches onto the deck and hampering the escape of the crew. Fortunately, they escaped safely, but the two owners suffered a serious loss since the craft was not insured.
 
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