The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Australasia (Propeller), U106302, collision, 1 May 1887

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As the steamer AUSTRALASIA and consorts were passing the Grosse Point light Ship, Lake St. Clair, the schooner MINNEHAHA, in tow of the steamer HIAWATHA, took a sheer and struck the AUSTRALASIA a blow almost head on, just aft of the mainmast, carrying away about eighty five feet of rail, bulwarks, and thirty four stanchions, breaking her covering board and some of her outside plank. The MINNEHAHA lost her head gear and bulwarks, also lost her stem. The AUSTRALASIA stopped at Marine City and took on some oak plank with which to make repairs on reaching Duluth. Damages about $3,000
      The Marine Record
      May 19, 1887 p. 5

Steam screw AUSTRALASIA. U. S. No. 106302. Of 1,829.32 tons gross; 1,539.20 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1884. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 282.0 x 39.0 x 21.2 Of 2,600 Nominal Horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,000
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.38615 Longitude: -82.91186
William R. McNeil
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Australasia (Propeller), U106302, collision, 1 May 1887