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(1893). Burned and sank in St. Louis Bay, Duluth, Minnesota.
(1883). She went ashore on the west side of Au Sable Point near Grand
Marais Michigan in heavy fog. Despite the efforts of the tug Mystic
(equipped with a 14-inch steam pump), the vessel remained in place and
was later pounded to pieces by a storm.
(1890). Burned in Duluth, Minnesota.
(1919). Burned at Grand Marais, Minnesota.
(1907). Foundered in Superior, Wisconsin.
(1876). Bound for Houghton from Octoonogon, she caught fire near her
boiler and burned to the waterline off 14-Mile Point. Most of the victims
drowned in the icy lake after one of her tiny lifeboats swamped several
times. The vessel was a woodburner with a history of fires. 26 lives
(1869). Downbound for Lake Michigan, she grounded and was heavily damaged
off Whitefish Point.
(1911). Struck by the freighter William Henry Mack off Vermillion Point.
Three lives were lost. She sank in seven minutes.
(1891). Caught fire near Sault St. Marie, Michigan.
(1909). Struck on the port side by Issac M. Scott on her maiden voyage,
which cut 20 feet into her hull. She sunk in three minutes with a loss
of 14 of the 24 crew one mile northwest of Whitefish Point.
(1889). Struck by the James Pickands in fog.
(1879). Ran ashore in fog nine miles west of Grand Marais at the mouth
of the Hurricane River and broke up. Crew had to walk seventy miles
(1881). Caught fire in the wood-pocket next to the engine room while
unloading at 3:30 in the morning at the Northern Pacific Railway dock.
Reportedly after having raced another steamer to port. She was cut loose
to save the dock. She burned quickly and sank. She was raised, towed
out to the lake and resunk. Four lives lost. A number of barrels of
fine, Canadian Bound whiskey disappeared in the confusion frustrating
the salvagers who had purchased the burned out hulk.
(1897). Burned to a total loss at Duluth, Minnesota.
(1877). Struck bottom and sank in shallow water off Isle Royale, Michigan.
Sprung a leak and sank off Susie Island, Isle Royale, Michigan.
(1884). Struck in dense fog by the ALBERTA, starboard side tearing a
gash from rail to the bottom of the hull. Three OSBORN and one ALBERTA
passenger attempting rescue were lost.
(1899). A wooden screw tug, she burned outside Grand Marais, Michigan.
(1901). She was riding at anchor waiting out the fog off Iroquois Point,
Whitefish Bay, when she was rammed by the 300-foot steel steamer NORTHERN
QUEEN. A whaleback, SAGAMORE was riding very low in the water and was
practically invisible because of their normal low profile. She split
admidships and sank quickly. Two lives lost.
March 10, 2008