Chronological History #

  • 1854 Jul 8 Enrolled Buffalo, NY.
  • 1854 Oct New arches installed by Bidwell & Banta, replaced due to storm stress; ran Buffalo – Huron – Sandusky – Toledo Line.
  • 1855 May Operated People’s Line.
  • 1855 Oct 12 Collided with brig GREYHOUND off Fox Island, Lake Michigan.
  • 1856 Dec Broke machinery in Lake Erie gale; repaired at Buffalo, NY.
  • 1857 Operated by Western Transportation Co.
  • 1860 Ran Buffalo – Cleveland – Chicago Line and North Shore Line.
  • 1860 Oct 9 Boiler exploded.

Selection of News Articles for more #

Buffalo Daily Republic 
      Friday, October 26, 1860  #

SCOW SUNK – By a telegraph from Detroit, we learn that the scow OTTOCA, struck the wreck of the propeller MOUNT VERNON, near Point au Pelee, and sunk in five fathoms of water. 

Buffalo Daily Republic 
      Monday, October 29, 1860  #

      WRECK OF THE MOUNT VERNON – The Detroit Advertiser says the hull of the exploded propeller MOUNT VERNON lies S. 3/4 W. three-fourths of a mile from the “Dummy,” or mainland, Point au Pelee Light, and is marked by a buoy. This we are credibly informed by the man at the wheel of the scow OTTOCA, but all the other men being below, for some reason he did not pay proper heed to it. 

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