The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Iron Chief (Propeller), U100287, aground, 7 May 1884

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IRON CHIEF, Propeller. Home port, Detroit. May 7, 1884 Propeller stranded on Lake Erie. Got off. Hull loss $700. Insurance $56,000.
      Lake Wreck Report for 1884
      Marine Record, Dec. 25, 1884

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      A despatch to Smith & Davis this morning says: the prop. IRON CHIEF, is ashore between Fairport and Ashtabula. Capt. Millen has gone to her assistance with tugs. The IRON CHIEF left here yesterday at 3:00 with the IRON STATE in tow, both vessels light. She probably went on in a heavy fog.
      Buffalo Commercial ADvertiser
      May 7, 1884 3 - 3

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      The stmb. IRON CHIEF was towed into Cleveland last evening disabled, by the tug RELIEF. She ran out of her course through some inaccuracy in her compass and broke her wheel. Her consort, collided with her before she could be checked, striking her aft, but doing little damage. The CHIEF was pulled off by the tug RED CLOUD with the disabled propeller in tow, bound for Cleveland.
      Buffalo Commercial ADvertiser
      May 8, 1884 3 - 5

      IRON CHIEF * Built July 12, 1881 Bulk Propeller - Wood
U. S. No. 100287 1154 gt - 996 nt 212.0 x 35.0 x 17.0
Broke stern pipe and sank 10 miles northeast of Point Au Barques, Lake Huron, October 3, 1904.
*Built as schooner (1112 gt); completed as propeller, winter, 1881-82.
      Detroit/Wyandotte Master Shipbuilding List
      Institute for Great Lakes research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $700
Freight: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.75004 Longitude: -81.27399
William R. McNeil
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Iron Chief (Propeller), U100287, aground, 7 May 1884