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Henry H. Johnson (Propeller), U95950, sunk by collision, 24 Jul 1902

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On Spectacle Reef you will find the remains of the schooner KATE HAYES which sank in 1856, and the propeller HENRY H. JOHNSON which collided with the steamer HENRY PABST on July 24, 1902. The JOHNSON sank in less than a half hour and was valued at $60,000.
      "Straits of Mackinac"
      by William W. Brown
      Detroit Free Press July 25, 1902, page 10, column 1.
      Detroit Tribune, July 25, 1902

The steamer HENRY J. JOHNSON was sent to the bottom of Lake Huron off Spectacle Reef early Thursday by the steamer FRED PABST. The JOHNSON went down in five minutes. All the crew succeeded in getting into life boats. After being adrift for several hours the crew were picked up by the tug PARKER and brought to Cheboygan. The JOHNSON was bound down with iron ore from Escanaba. The PABST was up with coal. There was a dense fog overhanging the water.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, July 25, 1902
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      On an early July morning, in a dense northern Lake Huron fog, the wooden steamers HENRY J. JOHNSON and the FRED PABST collided. The JOHNSON sank within five minutes, creating a tremendous whirlpool, almost consuming her crew. Her resting place remained a secret for over ninety years until Captain Ed Ellison found her, after a six year search, in 1992. The 260' HENRY J. JOHNSON is setting upright in 162 feet of water with much of its teal paint remaining.
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Steam screw HENRY J. JOHNSON. U. S. No. 95950. Of 1713 gross tons; 1,443 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1888. Home port, Sandusky, Ohio. 260.0 x 40.2 x 19.6 Of 1,000 nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899

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Reason: sunk by collision
Hull damage: $60,000
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.76807 Longitude: -84.13946
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Henry H. Johnson (Propeller), U95950, sunk by collision, 24 Jul 1902