The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), June 19, 1906

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Ryerson, with Passengers, Cut in Two by Georgia
Dense Fog was Cause of Four Collisions

Twelve vessels were in collision Sunday on the great lakes. This would seem to be a record in this department of marine mishaps. Of the six collisions in which they took part, four were caused by fog, which for the last season or two has become a more frequent menace to sailors and owners.

Four vessels of the Gilchrist fleet were participants in three of the mix-ups, and three of the boats are seriously damaged, the Steel King being on the bottom in shallow water near Harbor Beach.


Twelve passengers of the little steamer Carrie Ryerson were in great danger when she was caught on the bow of the Goodrich liner Georgia in Lake Michigan, not far from Whitehall. The boat was almost cut in two, and at once began to sink. Lifesavers took the passengers off, and the little boat was raced for shore, where she was beached in about six feet of water.

The Ryerson runs out of Stony lake, connecting with the Goodrich line, and was attempting to come alongside for a transfer of passengers when the accident occurred.

The Ryerson is 66 feet long and 17 feet beam, and was built at Grand Haven in 1883. She is a wooden boat.

The steamer Wawatam, which arrived at Lorain yesterday, reports having been in collision with the steamer George Gould on Lake Huron in a fog. The Wawatam has three damaged plates, but it is not known how badly the Gould suffered.


The steamer Merida and the schooner Antrim, both Gilchrist boats, collided at Duluth, and the two ships are badly damaged. The Merida was coming down from the Mesaba ore docks and the Antrim being towed to the docks by two tugs. The boats came together just north of the interstate bridge. The bulwarks on the port bow of the steamer were stove in and several plates on the port bows of the Antrim were broken. It will take ten days to repair the Antrim. The Merida will make temporary repairs and come to Lake Erie.

The steamer F. H. Prince, of the Rutland line, collided with the schooner Oliver Mitchell twenty miles from Thunder Bay early Sunday morning. The schooner was but slighly damaged, but the steamer's bulwarks and after gangway were stove in. The Mitchell was towed to Port Huron by the Prince, which then continued her trip down, passing Detroit at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon.

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It was rather surprising to me that the RYERSON was attempting to transfer passengers to the GEORGIA while the big liner was still under way! A risky move, to say the least!      
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June 19, 1906
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), June 19, 1906