Nominee (1848)
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Service History

"The Nominee was a 212 ton sidewheel steam vessel built at Shousetown (hull) and Pittsburgh (engine), Pennsylvania in 1848." "The Nominee was known as the "religious and temperance boat" because her captain, Orrin Smith, would allow no bar to be run nor would he do any traffic on the Sabbath..." She ran principally on the Upper Mississippi and the Ohio Rivers.
Final Voyage

"While upbound, about 16 miles below LaCrosse, the steamer Nominee struck a snag in the channel, tore a hole in her hull and sank in 18 feet of water. The steamer's upper works were "taken away", but her hull and machinery were not recovered until May 1890 when the engines, shafts, pittmans, doctor and steam drums were raised." October 11/1854 " man was drowned in attempting to save his trunk which was on the lower deck. No blame is attached to anyone; the boat was exactly in the channel. Her passengers were brought up by the steamer War Eagle." "The wreck of the Nominee posed a hazard to navigation in Coon Slough during periods of low water and was removed in 1890 by the Army Corps of Engineers. This means that it was eliminated as a hazard, not necessarily that it was removed from the river." The Lady Franklin and the Reindeer also sunk at Coon Slough.
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