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James B. Colgate (Propeller), U77019, gale damage, 1 Sep 1898

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The Sault Ste. Marie News has the following concerning the recent narrow escape of the whaleback steamer JAMES B. COLGATE on Lake Superior:
      The whaleback stmr. J.B. COLGATE had a narrow escape from breaking in two in Wednesday's gale on Lake Superior. The COLGATE was upbound light with one consort and ran into a heavy sea above Whitefish Point and pounded severely, causing two plates forward of the pilot house to break. As soon as the break was discovered she was turned around and ran back for the Soo, where temporary repairs were made by Hiekler Bros. She will be drydocked at West Superior. The fact that the breaks were not at the riveted joints show the accident was not caused by faulty constructiom.
      Milwaukee Scrapbook
      September 14, 1898

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      Steam screw JAMES B. COLGATE. U. S. No. 77019. Of 1,713 gross tons; 1,318 tons net. Built West Superior, Wis., 1892. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 308.0 x 38.0 x 24.0 Crew of 20. Of 1,000 indicated horsepower. Steel built.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904

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Reason: gale damage
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.76947 Longitude: -84.95258
William R. McNeil
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James B. Colgate (Propeller), U77019, gale damage, 1 Sep 1898