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Cambria (Propeller), U126420, struck obstruction, 21 Oct 1887

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Amherstburg.---The steel steamship CAMBRIA of Cleveland, laden with 2,334 tons of iron ore, and bound from Escanaba to Ashtabula, struck some obstacle on Bar Point Saturday night, ripping a hole in her bottom. She was nearly abreast of, and within half a mile of the Detroit river Light, and was hauling around to go down the lake moving very slowly. When she struck, the mate says, it sounded like iron agains iron. Soundings showed 19 feet of water and it is supposed she ran on the flukes of a sunken anchor. She began leaking but her pumps kept her free. Captain Cummings thought it advisable to have a steam pump put on board and Engineer McGinness and the mate were sent to Detroit to get one, which was set up on the CAMBRIA. The steamship returned to Amherstburg. She was then drawing 18 feet forward, but as the water was very high she touched nothing coming in. She laid with her bow in the mud at Mullen's dock and her pumps scarcely kept her free. The schooner JENNIE WHITE lighted part of her cargo, and the CAMBRIA will go on to Ashtabula as soon as she is sufficiently lightered. A diver was under her but could only find a small hole. The water being low, a thorough examination could not be made. Captain McKay, manager of the line, was here Tuesday. He is investigating the anchor theory of the mishap. Captain Hackett says there are four anchors located on Bar Point, as follows:-one southeast by east one mile from Bar Point light; one southwest from Bar Point light, one mile; and two anchors north by east, one-half east, one and a half to three-quarters of a mile from the light. Captain McKay will lay the matter before the vessel Owners' Association and take steps to have them removed.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 27, 1887 p. 4

Cleveland.---The repairs to the CAMBRIA which went into Cleveland drydock Friday, comprised seven new frames, straightening several floor keelsons, and replacing two twelve foot plates. The plates removed were the ones which were indented some time ago by striking an obstruction, and when the new ones are put in, her bottom will be as smooth as ever.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 3, 1887 p. 1

Propeller CAMBRIA, of 1,377 tons. Built 1887 and owned by the Mutual Transit Co. Home port, Cleveland. Classed A 1. On October 22, 1887, vessel with a cargo of ore, was disabled at the Limekilns, Detroit River. Property loss, hull $3,500
      1887 Casualty List (Partial Loss)
      The Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887

Steam screw LAKELAND. * U.S. No. 126420. Of 2,425 tons gross; 1,813 tons net. Built at Cleveland, Ohio., in 1887. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 280.0 x 40.0 x 20.0 and a crew of 30. Passenger service. Of 1,200 indicated horse power. Built of iron.
* formerly steam screw CAMBRIA.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1911

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Reason: struck obstruction
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $3,500
Freight: ore
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.055277 Longitude: -83.116388
William R. McNeil
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Cambria (Propeller), U126420, struck obstruction, 21 Oct 1887