The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Iron King (Propeller), collision, 16 Jul 1912

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The stmr. IRON KING, owned by O.G. and D.H. Donaldson of Buffalo, was in collision with the stmr. ANDREW CARNEGIE in the Detroit River on Wednesday. The bow of the IRON KING was crushed and she was forced to put into Detroit for repairs. Several plates abreast the boiler house on the CARNEGIE were dented. She proceeded on her way to Cleveland.
The ANDREW CARNEGIE was bound down with a cargo of ore for Buffalo while the
IRON KING was upbound with coal at the time of the accident. The two ships were some distance apart when it is reported that the KING took a sheer, and struck the CARNEGIE abreast of the boiler house.
The crew of the IRON KING started the pumps and made for Detroit. She was making water at the rate of 40 inches an hour. Capt. H.W. Baker, the wrecking master took charge of the vessel upon arrival at the Michigan port. After patching the damaged bow, it is thought pumps will be able to keep the water down so the vessel can proceed to Manitowoc with her coal cargo.
The IRON KING is a wooden ship. The CARNEGIE is a steel vessel owned by the Wilson Transit Co., of Cleveland. It is understood that neither boat was insured.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 19, 1912

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.081944 Longitude: -83.125555
William R. McNeil
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Iron King (Propeller), collision, 16 Jul 1912