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Philip D. Armour (Propeller), U150459, 3 Oct 1913

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Old Boats Must Go From Harbor. U.S. Inspector Here Receives Notice From War Department to Prosecute if Necessary. November 15 is fixed as last date for compliance. Houseboats in Misery Bay Also Come Under Ruling. Daggett Say - Order Will Be Enforced.
Obstructions in the waters off Erie must be removed before Nov. 15, under a ruling issued by the was department and announced yesterday by E.V. Daggett, U. S. Inspector at this port. According to Daggett, the order applies to house boats in Misery Bay as well as to grounded ships in Erie Bay.
Under a federal net, the penalty for violation is a fine ranging from $500 to $2,500 or a year in the penitentiary, or both, as the court may determine. Offenders after Nov. 15 will be reported to the U. S. district attorney, E. Lowry Humes of Meadville, whose duty it will be to prosecute, according to the inspector.
Following receipt of the order, the Pittsburg and Erie Coal company sold the old wooden steamer ARMOUR, which lay in Erie bay off Water Works park. The purchasers, Cornelius Bohn & Co., of Buffalo, will use the ship in the coal trade. A G. Scheidenhelm of the local concern, refused to name the purchase price. Inspector Daggett, however, said the company had been forwarded the federal ruling.
M. A. Bradley, of Cleveland, owner of the steamer GLADSTONE and the barge GROVER, which lay
alongside the ARMOUR, received a similar notice. All of the boats are in dilapidated condition and will require considerableoverhauling before they can be placed in service.
The old COLUMBIA, a half wrecked hulk in Misery Bay, together with the ancient dry dock, are owned by the government. As there is no appropriation for their removal, Secretary of War Garrison will be requested to issue an order and take the money from the emergency fund.
House boats, number about twelve in Misery Bay and ten in Erie Bay, also will be required to move. When an attempt was made last year by the state fish commission to force the house boats out, owners put up a determined battle. Some of them moved their boats beyond the line of jurisdiction and escaped the order in that way.
"The order is without any feature which might give the owners of obstructions a loop hole and it must be strictly enforced, said Inspector Daggett. "Unless they are removed by Nov. 15, the federal district attorney will be called upon to prosecute."
      Erie Dispatch
      Sunday, October 3, 1913

      Tell Government It will be Impossible for Them to Take Vessels from harbor by November 15.
      Steamer ARMOUR, Entering Harbor with Cargo of Coal, Goes Aground Beyond Piers.
Application for an extension of time in which to remove ships aground in Erie bay, has been sent to the war department through Mayor Stern, it was learned yesterday. A recent order compelled ship owners to remove their vessels by Nov. 15. This applied to houseboats in Misery Bay, also.
M. A. Bradley of Cleveland, who owns the steamer GLADSTONE and the barge GROVER, which lay off Water Works park, asked Mayor Stern through a representative, to seek an extension. In all probabilities, according to advice received yesterday, the request will be granted.
Due to the lateness of the year, it was considered impossible to overhaul the vessels and get them away before winter. They will be removed, however, next Spring as the Bradley Company will be required to furnish bond.
While it could not be verified, it was the impression yesterday that the fish commission will permit owners to winter their houseboats in the hatchery out on Presque Isle.
The Steamer ARMOUR which lay alongside the GLADSTONE and GROVER, was sold by the Erie & Pittsburg Coal Company to Cornelius Bohn of Buffalo and immediately was placed in the coal trade.
Coming into the bay Thursday night with coal, the ARMOUR went aground south of the channel beyond the piers. She lay there yesterday waiting for a shift in the wind. The water was low due to a steady East wind. The ARMOUR, coming from Asthtabula, was in tow of the tug G. C. CLEVELAND, which came into port.
      Erie Dispatch
      October 15, 1913

Steam barge PHILIP D. ARMOUR. U. S. No 150459. Of 1990.94 tons gross; 1452.71 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1889. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 264.0 x 40.6 x 21.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Philip D. Armour (Propeller), U150459, 3 Oct 1913