The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Etruria (Propeller), U136977, sunk by collision, 18 Jun 1905

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Sault Ste. Marie, June 20. -- Smith, Davis & Company agency held the insurance on the steamer ETRURIA, which was sunk by the AMASA STONE Sunday, amounting to $360,000. The cargo insurance was about $15,000. This will make one of the heaviest losses on one vessel ever known in Lake underwriting. Early in the season losses had reached such a figure as to make profit for underwriting for this year impossible and if no further disasters occur this year, the Underwriters are far enough behind now to make a large loss on the total business.
      Buffalo Evening News
      June 20, 1905

      REPAIRS TO THE STONE. - Detroit, July 1, - Owing to the position of the damages on the steamer AMASA STONE, which recently sunk the ETRURIA in Lake Huron, the repair work is difficult and is progressing rather slowly. The big boat will probably not get away from Wyandotte for a week. Twenty-six plates had to be taken off the starboard bow in addition to the removal and replacing of 25 broken frames.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 1, 1905

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      Investigation is still going on in the case of the AMASA STONE and ETRURIA, and thus far the preponderance of evidence seems to be against the STONE. The fact that 70 feet of one side of the ETRURIA was crushed in, causing her to sink within 5 minutes after she was struck, proves conclusively, so it is claimed, that the STONE must have been going full speed. If she had been going as she claims, under check, they would have simply come together and glanced off. Smith, Davis & Company have paid the ETRURIA loss of $275,000. This was accomplished within 30 days from the date of collision, which is a record. No effort probably be ever be made to raise the ETRURIA, or her cargo of coal, which lies between 300 and 400 feet under water. It is said that an action will be brought against the STONE, which promises a very vigorous contest.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 16, 1905

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      Detroit, June 9. - Judge Henry H. Swan, in the United States District Court, established a precedent in a suit brought by the Hawgood Transportation Company of Cleveland, owner of the steamer ETRURIA, to collect damages for the loss of that vessel, sunk in collision with the steamer AMASA STONE, in Lake Huron, June 18, 1905.
      Sixteen insurance companies shared in the payment of a $205,000 loss on the ETRURIA.
      Judge Swan holds that the non-contributing insurance companies may share only in any residue that remains after the 10 contributing companies have been paid their full percentage of the loss incurred through the sinking of the ETRURIA.
      The ETRURIA and the AMASA STONE came together in a heavy fog about 10 miles off Presque Isle.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, June 9, 1911

      ETRURIA Built 1902 Bulk Propeller -Steel
U. S. No. 136977 4744 gt -4439 nt 414' x 50' x 24'
      Sunk in collision with stmr. AMASA STONE June 18, 1905, 10 miles off Presque Isle Light, Lake Huron.
      Frank Wheeler & Co., West Bay City Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

      Steam screw ETRURIA. U. S. No. 136977. Of 4,653 tons gross; 3,415 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 414.0 x 50.0 x 28.0 Of 1,500 indicated horsepower. Steel buil . Crew of 25.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1903

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Reason: sunk by collision
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.3514 Longitude: -83.48887
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Etruria (Propeller), U136977, sunk by collision, 18 Jun 1905