Sebastopol (1855)
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The Sebastopol was designed for upper lake freight trade with a 830 ton capacity. She has a 800 horse power steam engine and the wheels are thirty feet in diameter. Empty she draws 4 1/2' of water and with a full cargo draws only 8', therefore no lighting over shoal water.
Final Voyage


"The steamer Sebastopol, Capt. Thos. Watts, left Buffalo on the 12th inst., and after lying on the St. Clair flats for 24 hours, came on towards her destination- the upper lake ports-having on board a full crew and some sixty passengers, besides a full and valuable cargo of merchandise, a large portion of it belonging to parties in this city and state. The night was very dark, and there seems to have been no light upon the government piers, ...Either the lights upon the schooner Rockwell (which is ashore near the Sebastopol) or lights from the house on the shore, were mistaken for the pier lights, and the doomed steamer, after the captain had twice rounded to, followed the deceitful light, and soon struck ground, about three miles south of the government piers; and shortly after swung around broadside on. The storm increased in violence until long after daylight..." "The wind and waves, yesterday, made sad havoc with the wreck of the Sebastopol. The boom and upper cabin have disappeared: one smoke pipe has fallen, and though the stern held together yesterday afternoon, it cannot do so much longer. Large quantities of goods washed ashore during the day; the beach, for two or three miles, being strewed with them."
Today


"The wreck of the Sebastopol is broken up, lies on a sandy bottom in 15' of water. Site consists of unidentified wreckage, general homestead cargo: the latter often found in "stacks". Many cargo items have been salvaged. About 50% of the vessel is extant."
 
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