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Bulgaria (Propeller), U3381, aground, 4 Jun 1906

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Cleveland, June 8. -- The steamer BULGARIA, stranded on Fishermen's Shoal, will be abandoned to the underwriters as a constructive total loss. Her decks are forced up, the forefoot gone and she is full of water.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, June 8, 1906

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      The crew of the wrecked steamer BULGARIA reached Escanaba yesterday and all tell exciting tales of their escape. When the steamer was stranded on Fisherman's Shoal the crew jumped into a life boat just as she sank but returned later when it was found that the cabin was above water.
      The Buffalo Times
      June 9, 1906

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Escanaba, June 9. -- The crew of the wrecked steamer BULGARIA, which stranded on Fisherman's Shoal, arrived here yesterday, and tell an exciting tale of their escape. They jumped into the lifeboat when the steamer sank without saving their clothing or effects, but later returned when it was found the upper part of the cabin remained above water.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, June 9, 1906

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Cleveland, June 19. -- The steamer CORT struck the sunken wreck of the schooner ALGERIA off this port yesterday morning. The steamer struck the forward part of the wreck, but was afterward released by the tug KENNEDY and went to Fairport to unload its ore cargo.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, June 19, 1906

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      Detroit, July 10 - Thomas Isabell, diver of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., has purchased the wreck of the stmr. BULGARIA on Fisherman's Shoal, Green Bay, from the underwriters. It is not known here whither the coal cargo remaining in the boat is included in the sale.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      July 11, 1906 3-5

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Sturgeon Bay, Wis., Aug. 14. -- The steamer BULGARIA, which went ashore on Fisherman's Shoal, in Green Bay, early in June, has been released and is now on its way to this port in tow of the tug NELSON. After what remains of the coal cargo has been taken out, the craft will be taken to Manitowoc for repairs,
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 14, 1906

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Sturgeon Bay, Aug. 15. -- When the wrecked steamer BULGARIA was being brought in from Fisherman's Shoal, the craft grounded in Strawberry Passage, Green Bay, and is still fast. A lighter has been sent from here and part of the coal cargo will be taken off the wreck, when it is believe it can be floated again, unless bad weather comes in the meantime.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 15, 1906
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Sturgeon Bay. Aug. 16. - The wrecked steamer BULGARIA was brought into port last evening. The cargo of coal will be taken out here and the ship taken to Manitowoc. The hull seems to be in good condition.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 16, 1906
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      The steamer BULGARIA, recently released from Washington Island, arrived at Manatowoc yesterday, for repairs. The extent of rhe injuries will not be known until a survey is held.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 12, 1906

Propeller BULGARIA. U. S. No. 3381. Stranded on Fisherman's Shoal, Mouth of Green Bay, Lake Michigan, June 4, 1906. Declared total loss by Underwriters and sold to a salvage diver from Sturgeon Bay, who recover her. Final document surrendered at Detroit, June 30, 1916. Hackett Wrecking Co. removed her engine, laid her up at Callum's Bay [Amherstburg, Ont.]. Metal parts salvaged and hull removed in 1937.
      from" Vessels Built on the Saginaw"
      by David D. Swayze
      Ralph K. Roberts
      Donald Comtois
Steam screw BULGARIA. U. S. No. 3381. Of 1,888 tons gross; 1,486 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1887. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 280.3 x 39.0 x 21.0 Crew of 15. Of 550 indicated horsepower. Freight service.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1903

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 45.36443 Longitude: -86.77984
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Bulgaria (Propeller), U3381, aground, 4 Jun 1906