The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Nelson C. Holland (Barge), U130211, aground, 25 Jun 1906

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The stmr. VERONICA, with the schr. HOLLAND in tow, broke her wheel while entering the head of the Niagara River yesterday morning and both boats drifted about helplessly for some time until they ran on a rocky bottom above the Buffalo waterworks intake pier, close to the breakwater. No effort were made to release the stranded boats yesterday.
Both vessels are owned by the Tonawanda Iron & Steel Co. They are ore laden and were bound for the company's docks at Tonawanda. The VERONICA lies in a dangerous position and is believed to be hard on. It was said last night that there was little to hold the HOLLAND and fearing that she might drift to a more perilous position during the night, her captain had her anchor thrown out.
Efforts will be made by tugs to release the boats today.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 25, 1906 3-4

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      The stmr. VERONICA, which is stranded on a rocky bottom above the inlet pipe in the Niagara River, will probably be floated today. A lighter was put alongside her yesterday and the work of unloading a portion of her ore cargo begun.
      As the vessel is pretty hard on it will take considerable unloading to release the boat. The barge HOLLAND was towed to Tonawanda yesterday, and she cleared for the upper lake ports last night.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 26, 1906 9-5

The stmr. VERONICA which became disabled through the breaking of her steering gear while coming into the Niagara River on Sunday (6/25) and stranded on the rocks above the intake pier, was released yesterday afternoon about 4:00 after 450 tons of her ore cargo had been lightered.
The stmr. was then towed into this harbor and will undergo repairs.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 28, 1906 9-4

The barge N.C. HOLLAND of the Tonawanda Iron & Steel fleet arrived at the docks of her owner yesterday on its first trip since sinking in the Portage lake at Houghton last fall.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, June 7, 1906
Schooner NELSON C. HOLLAND. U. S. No. 130211. Of 561 tons gross;536 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich., 1881. Home port, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 187.6 x 31.8 x 13.2 Crew of 6.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Got off
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Nelson C. Holland (Barge), U130211, aground, 25 Jun 1906