The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Iron King (Propeller), aground, 11 Sep 1887

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Detroit.---The steamship IRON KING, which stranded near Grosse Pointe Sunday night, was released by the ferry SAPPHO. The steamship had on a cargo of 2,014 tons of iron ore, and was greatly overloaded. About 190 tons of her cargo were lightered off by the schooner FLEETWING, after which she was pulled off by the SAPPHO. No sooner was the immense craft released than she swung around and went on the Pointe broadside. Again she was released by the SAPPHO, and almost immediately struck bottom. At this the captain of the SAPPHO got mad, and after another hard pull he towed the steamship into deep water and she proceeded down. The FLEETWING has discharged the iron ore at Hurley's dock.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 15, 1887 p. 5

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.38615 Longitude: -82.91186
William R. McNeil
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Iron King (Propeller), aground, 11 Sep 1887