Arcola (1856)
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"A sidewheel St. Croix riverboat of 176 tons, the Arcola was built at Brownsville, Penn., in 1856 (Merrick, 259). She was sunk by ice in Lake Pepin. The Lytle-Holdcamper list states that she was sunk near Reeds Landing, Minn., April 2, 1857 (LH,12). Crushed in ice one-half mile above Pepin, Wis. (Merrick Manuscripts, box 16)." Upper Mississippi River Submerged Cultural Resource Survey

"The Lake Pepin ice was even more hazardous to steamboats. In the spring of 1857, hoping to be the first to reach St.Paul, a number of captains idled their steamboats on the lower end of the lake waiting for the ice to go out. When the ice finally shifted, it sank the Pioneer and cut the steamer Arcola in two" History of Inland Water Transportation in Minnesota
 
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