The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Str. Charlemagne Tower, Jr.

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For $1.00 "and other valuable considerations," Charles S. Neff, Milwaukee, Wis. purchased on Dec. 17, 1912, the wooden steamer, Charlemagne Tower Jr., of 1825 gross tons; 255.8' x 40', and 21.3'. It had been built in 1886 in Cleveland, 0., and was owned by the J. C. Gilchrist Co., Cleveland, then in receivership. It was re-sold in March,1913, to F. M. Johnson, Danielson, Conn. for use as a barge in the coal & lumber trade on the east coast, It was cut down in length to go through the Welland canal. Early in March of 1914, the Tower sank in 50 feet of water during a snow storm and in heavy seas off Seaside Park, N.J. not far from Barnegat. The Tower was apparently named after the son of Charlemagne Tower, Philadelphia financier and diplomat whose money backed pioneer George Stuntz, surveyor, prospector in the Minnesota iron ranges, and probably the first permanent settler of Duluth. Listed Inland Lloyds Vessel Register,1893; Ship Masters' Assoc. Directories, 1903 and on; newspapers of March,1914.
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John S. Neff
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Str. Charlemagne Tower, Jr.