The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Shenango No. 2 (Propeller), disabled by ice, 25 Feb 1896

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The big car ferry SHENANGO No. 2 which was stuck in Lake Erie last week, was docked yesterday morning in the big dock of the Detroit Drydock Company. An examination of her after the dock had been pumped out failed to reveal any further damage than the two broken propellers and the ice crushing wheel in her bows. One of the propeller shafts was somewhat bent. No damage at all was done to the hull.
The big car ferry looked as big as a house when she was in the dock. She sets high and draws a good deal of water in addition. In comparison to the local railway transports she looks very large.
Probably 3 or 4 days will be consumed in making repairs on the boat. She will then return immediately, however, that one of the ferries which rescued her from the ice will see her safely through the river and into the lake when she does go.
As critical an examination as can be made of the two river ferries without docking them, fails to show that either received any damage in the trip through the heavy ice to the SHENANGO. The FORTUNE has an ugly looking break in her stern rail, but it was received by collision last fall. She will be repaired within a few days, and made ready for business when navigation opens.
      Detroit Tribune
      February 25, 1896

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Reason: disabled by ice
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Shenango No. 2 (Propeller), disabled by ice, 25 Feb 1896