The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John Mitchell (Propeller), U203943, aground, 14 Oct 1908

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Cleveland, Oct. 4. -- The steamer JOHN MITCHELL, loaded with ore from lake Superior, went aground on the sandy bottom at the entrance of Indiana Harbor yesterday. A strong south wind had been blowing from the past 24 hours and as a result the water was two feet lower than the normal depth.
      The tug G. W. GNAU worked on her all day and was relieved by the TOMLINSON which is still trying to release her, without much hope of success until the wind shifts. She is in no danger and is believed to be undamaged.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 14, 1908

JOHN MITCHELL. Built November 28, 1906 Bulk Carrier
U.S. No. 203943. 4468 gt - 3246 nt 420.0 x 52.0 x 23.0
      Sunk in collision with steamer WILLIAM H. MACK near Whitefish Point, Lake Superior, on July 9, 1911; three lives lost.
      Great Lakes Emgineering Works, St. Clair, Mich., Master Shipbuilding list
      Institute for Great lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: ore
Remarks: Got off
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  • Indiana, United States
    Latitude: 41.67004 Longitude: -87.44115
William R. McNeil
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John Mitchell (Propeller), U203943, aground, 14 Oct 1908