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Steel King (Propeller), U117134, collision, 18 Jun 1906


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Harbor Beach, June 17 - The stmrs. MANCHESTER and STEEL KING narrowly escaped sinking in Lake Huron this morning as a resut of a collision in the fog 5 miles off Point Au Barkes. Quick work on the part of the crew of the STEEL KING in getting trapaulines over the aperture made by the bow of the MANCHESTER allowed the leaking ship to make its way into harbor here. Although the MANCHESTER was leaking at the rate of 11 inches per hour from the injury it kept close company with the STEEL KING until the harbor was reached, ready to render assistance to the crew should their ship sink.
      When the collision occurred the MANCHESTER was bound up the lake with a coal cargo, while the STEEL KING was coming down from Lake Superior with a cargo of iron ore. The MANCHESTER rammed the KING abreast of the No. 7 hatch, cutting a bad hole in the steel plating and gouging a large piece out of its own stem at the water line.
      After bringing in the STEEL KING, the MANCHESTER continued on up the lake, its own pumps having been found able to keep the water down. The STEEL KING belonged to the Gilchrist fleet and is valued at $230,000. The MANCHESTER is a older vessel, owned by the Inter-Ocean Transportation Co. of Milwaukee and is worth $70,000.
      The stmr. STEEL KING is commanded by Capt. Wm. P. Delany of Buffalo. A wire received by him last night brought the news; "I am safe."
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 18, 1906 10-7

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      MANCHESTER AND STEEL KING IN COLLISION.
Harbor Beach, June 18. - The steamers MANCHESTER and STEEL KING narrowly escaped sinking in Lake Huron yesterday morning as the result of a collision in the fog five miles off Point au Barques, Quick work on the part of the crew of the STEEL KING in getting tarpaulins over the aperture made by the bow of the MANCHESTER allowed the leaking ship to make its way into the harbor here. Although the MANCHESTER was leaking at the rate of 11 inches an hour from the injuries it kept close company with the STEEL KING until the harbor was reached, ready to render assistance to the crew should their ship sink,
When the collision occurred the MANCHESTER bound up the lake with a coal cargo, while the STEEL KING was coming down from Lake Superior with a cargo of iron ore. The MANCHESTER rammed the KING abreast of the No. 7 hatch, cutting a bad hole in the steel plating and gouging a large piece out of its own stem at the water line.
After bringing in the STEEL KING, the MANCHESTER continued on up the lake, Its pumps having been found able to keep the water down. The STEEL KING belongs to the Gilchrist fleet, and is valued at $220,000. The MANCHESTER is an older vessel, owned by the Inter-Ocean Transportation Company of Milwaukee and is worth $70.000.
Captain William F. Delany of Buffalo, who commands the STEEL KING, wired home last night that he was safe.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday June 18, 1906

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      Dozen Boats Crash - Latest Record for a Day on the Lakes
      RYERSON, with Passengers, Cut in Two by GEORGIA
      Dense Fog was Cause of Four Collisions
Twelve vessels were in collision Sunday on the great lakes. This would seem to be a record in this department of marine mishaps. Of the six collisions in which they took part, four were caused by fog, which for the last season or two has become a more frequent menace to sailors and owners.
Four vessels of the Gilchrist fleet were participants in three of the mix-ups, and three of the boats are seriously damaged, the STEEL KING being on the bottom in shallow water near Harbor Beach.
      Passengers Endangered
Twelve passengers of the little steamer CARRIE RYERSON were in great danger when she was caught on the bow of the Goodrich liner GEORGIA in Lake Michigan, not far from Whitehall. The boat was almost cut in two, and at once began to sink. Lifesavers took the passengers off, and the little boat was raced for shore, where she was beached in about six feet of water. The RYERSON runs out of Stony lake, connecting with the Goodrich line, and was attempting to come alongside for a transfer of passengers when the accident occurred. The RYERSON is 66 feet long and 17 feet beam, and was built at Grand Haven in 1883. She is a wooden boat.
The steamer WAWATAM, which arrived at Lorain yesterday, reports having been in collision with the steamer GEORGE GOULD on Lake Huron in a fog. The WAWATAM has three damaged plates, but it is not known how badly the GOULD suffered.
      Collided in Harbor
The steamer MERIDA and the schooner ANTRIM, both Gilchrist boats, collided at Duluth, and the two ships are badly damaged. The MERIDA was coming down from the Mesaba ore docks and the ANTRIM being towed to the docks by two tugs. The boats came together just north of the interstate bridge. The bulwarks on the port bow of the steamer were stove in and
several plates on the port bows of the ANTRIM were broken. It will take ten days to repair the ANTRIM. The MERIDA will make temporary repairs and come to Lake Erie.
The steamer F.H. PRINCE, of the Rutland line, collided with the schooner OLIVER MITCHELL twenty miles from Thunder Bay early Sunday morning. The schooner was but slightly damaged, but the steamer's bulwarks and after gangway were stove in. The MITCHELL was towed to Port Huron by the PRINCE, which then continued her trip down, passing Detroit at 1o'clock yesterday afternoon.
      Detroit Free Press
      Tuesday, June 19, 1906



The steamer MANCHESTER which was in collision with the steamer STEEL KING in Lake Huron off Harbor Beach, the other day, has put into Milwaukee. Her bow is badly broken in and extensive repairs will be necessary.
      The Buffalo Times
      June 20, 1906
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      SULTANA WILL BE REPAIRED HERE,
Cleveland, June 20. --The steamer STEEL KING, which was in collision with the MANCHESTER will come here for repairs and the SULTANA, which was aground at the Soo, will go to Buffalo.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, June 20, 1906

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      Detroit, June 21 - The stmr. STEEL KING was floated off the beach at Harbor Beach late today and started for St. Clair River with the barge GEORGER in tow, accompanied by the tug BROCKWAY and lighter NEWMAN.
      The barge will be dropped at Port Huron, and the lightered ore in the NEWMAN placed in her. A temporary patch will enable the STEEL KING to come on to Lake Erie.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 22, 1906 9-4

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      STEAMER STEEL KING IS FLOATED.
Detroit, June 22. -- The steamer STEEL KING, was floated off the beach at Harbor Beach, late yesterday, and started for St. Clair River with the barge GEORGER in tow, accompanied by the tug BROCKWAY and lighter NEWMAN. The barge will be dropped at Port Huron, and the lightered ore in the NEWMAN placed in her. A temporary patch will enable the STEEL KING to come on to Lake Erie.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, June 22, 1906

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      STEEL KING LIGHTERED.
Marine City, June 23. -- The work of transferring to the barge GEORGER the iron ore lightered from the steamer STEEL KING by the barge NEWMAN is under way and the barge will get away today.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, June 23, 1906

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      STEAMER STEEL KING ARRIVES FOR REPAIRS.
It will take at least 10 days to repair the steamer STEEL KING, which arrived here yesterday in charge of Capt. W. F. Delaney and was towed to the Buffalo Drydock Company's yard. She is in bad shape and temporary patches were placed on her bottom to get her down.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, June 25, 1906


Steam screw STEEL KING. U. S. No. 117134. Of 4,308 tons gross; 3,366 tons net. Built Lorain, Ohio, 1902. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 380.0 x 50.0 x 28.0 Of 1,450 indicated horsepower. Crew of 19. Steel built.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1903
     
     


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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Repaired
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1906
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McN.W.15020
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William R. McNeil
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Steel King (Propeller), U117134, collision, 18 Jun 1906