The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cartegena (Propeller), 21 Dec 1906

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      Bay City, December 20.—The steamer CARTAGENA this afternoon freed herself from the ice off Point Au Gres, Saginaw Bay, where she had been fast for two and a half days, and started back for Port Huron, where she will lay up for the winter. Heavy windrows of ice across the bay made it impossible for for the tugs to reach her from this city. This afternoon James E. Davidson, owner of the vessel, succeeded in getting word to the CARTAGENA by means of a tug which left Harbor Beach for Tawas, where the steamer PHOENIX had been laid up for temporary repairs. The tug spoke the CARTAGENA with little difficulty. A change in the wind had driven the ice out into the lake, and the CARTAGENA was carried along a considerable distance. Warmer weather and the action of waves broke the ice and the steamer was practically clear when she was spoken by the tug.
The CARTAGENA will be brought to Bay City as early as possible next spring and will then receive her salt water equipment. Capt. Davidson says that the boat will be ready to go to the Atlantic coast by the time the Welland Canal is opened for navigation
      Detroit Free Press
      December 21, 1906

      Port Huron, December 21, Capt. Frank Danger, who brought the steamer CARTAGENA back to this port this morning, states that reports from Bay City that the boat was fast in the ice and unable to enter Bay City were all bosh. When he left here with the CARTAGENA he had instructions to wait outside the heavy ice for tugs to break the way He didn't expect much delay and didn't provision the ship for a long delay. After being out 72 hours and provisions running low, he was forced to go to Tawas for supplies. The tugs having been unable to break their way through the six inch solid ice and make a passage for the CARTAGENA, he brought her back to this port. The CARTAGENA would have been able to force a passage, Capt. Danger declares, but to do so would have cut the boat, which he did not consider advisable.
      Detroit Free Press
      December 22, 1906

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Cartegena (Propeller), 21 Dec 1906