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Susan E. Peck (Propeller), U116110, 22 Oct 1891


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It is said that Parker & Millen of Detroit will get $13,500 for raising the sunken steamer SUSAN E. PECK, which has caused so much trouble below the Sault. A story from Chicago reported dissatisfaction among the underwriters interested on account of the price but it is possible that it was only gossip. The location of the wreck and the demand for a speedy removal of it are special difficulties attending the work and the contractors have also the assurance that they are dealing- with a most reliable concern.
      The Marine Review
      October 22, 1891



      Detroit, Mich., Oct. 22 - At this writing the passage of boats around the PECK in Lake George flats is progressing in the same painfully slow manner that has been going on since the passage was dredged a week ago. If no serious set-back is received the wreckers confidently expect to have the channel cleared by Saturday next. There is no denying the fact however, that the danger of a total blockade again taking place, is constantly present and vessel owners will not breathe easy until the obstruction is removed. In regard to the action of the United States officials in charge, several questions would seem pertinent. Many captains of vessels realize that the channel should have been cut round the PECK's stern instead of her bow. However this may be, the channel should not have been made with such a sharp turn that large boats unavoidably run aground in getting through. if it was necessary to cut the channel so close to the sunken boat, that passing vessels frequently strike and damage her bows, why could not some piles, have been driven so as to protected the boat from further damage? The AURORA, which was perhaps as much responsible for this trouble as the PECK, after returning from Marquette was permitted to pass down out of her turn on the pretense that it was necessary to hurry her consort, ADAMS to a shipyard for repairs. Fair play to other delayed vessels should have compelled the AURORA to await her turn. If the emergency was so great as to require the ADAMS immediate presence at a dry dock, plenty of tugs were available. How can the canal authorities expect masters to patiently wait their turn if such discrimination is used.
      The Marine Review
      October 22, 1891



Had a hard time getting around the sunken steamer PECK," said the captain of a steamer towing two McDougall barges.
"Why ?"
"The pigs smelled the swill in her, and nothing but the tow line kept them from going for it."
      The Marine Review
      November 5, 1891




Damage to the steamer SUSAN E. PECK from sinking in the Sault river is estimated at $26,000
      The Marine Review
      November 19, 1891



According to estimates of Gen. Poe, 275 vessels, valued at $23,294,000, were delayed 327 days and 5 hours by the wreck of the PECK. The direct expense to the government of raising the blockade was $6,455. In his report to the department on this subject Gen. Poe. says : "It all resolves to this, that unless navigators exercise the utmost care and are willing to yield something to each other, such accidents may be expected and are sure to come. They happen frequently, but the special attention of the public is given to them only when the effects are so far reaching and so costly as in this instance."
      The Marine Review
      November 26, 1891




Editor Marine Review: In your issue of the 26th inst. an error occurs in the statement of the delay to shipping, caused by the sinking of the steamer SUSAN E. PECK in St. Mary's river. The total delay amounted to 827 days and 5 hours, instead of 327, etc., as printed.
      Very respectfully, O. M. Poe,
      Colonel, Corps of Engineers,
Detroit, Mich., Nov. 27. Bvt. Brig. General, U. S. A.
      The Marine Review
      December 3, 1891


Steam screw SUSAN E. PECK. U.S. No. 116110. Of 1,399.40 tons gross; 1,180.24 tons net. Built at Wyandotte, Mich. in 1886. Home port, Buffalo, N. Y. 230.8 x 38.0 x 18.6
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1889 [steam vessels]


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1891
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William R. McNeil
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Susan E. Peck (Propeller), U116110, 22 Oct 1891