Peoria (1854)
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"The Peoria was built at Black River, Ohio in 1854 and was considered one of the best grain packets on the lakes. Repaired in 1871, 1872, and 1873. Last Document Surrendered Grand Haven 12/20/1901: Wrecked Total Loss.
Final Voyage


" Bound from East Jordan, Michigan to Chicago with a load of hardwood lumber, the Peoria encountered a fierce southerly gale, and was forced to seek shelter in Baileys Harbor. The captain attempted to anchor on the easterly side of Baileys Harbor, but the schooner was found to be dragging uncontrollably toward shore. The Peoria signalled for the lifesaving crew, who dispatched a boat to rescue the crew from the doomed vessel. After a difficult rescue, the crew were taken to the lifesaving station, while the vessel went to pieces in the gale. There was no insurance on the vessel or cargo, but the captain managed some beach salvage using a borrowed horse and buggy. The Peoria was a total loss. Oddly, she had been wrecked at almost the the same spot twenty-one years earlier in the 1880 Alpena Gale, but was subsequently salvaged and refloated."
 
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