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Linden (Propeller), U141370, sunk by collision, 23 Jun 1905

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      CITY OF ROME and LINDEN Collide in St. Clair River and Two are Drowned.
Detroit, Mich., June 23. -- The wooden steamers CITY OF ROME and LINDEN collided early today in the St. Clair River opposite Tashmoo Park and both were sunk. Two members of the crew of the LINDEN, the cook and his wife, were drowned. The CITY OF ROME was bound down with a cargo of iron ore, and the LINDEN was bound up. Off Tashmoo Park the LINDEN, it is said, suddenly sheered and rammed the CITY OF ROME, damaging her so that the steamer sank almost immediately, 30 feet off the Tashmoo dock. The LINDEN limped along until off the head of Russell Island, where she sank in the channel.
      The CITY OF ROME was built at Cleveland in 1881 and belonged to J. C. Gilchrist fleet. The LINDEN was built in 1895 at Port Huron and is owned by the Sandusky Boat & Lumber Co., of Sandusky, O.
      Buffalo Evening News
      June 23, 1905

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The steamer LINDEN, which was sunk in collision with the steamer CITY OF ROME, is found to be a total loss. She was valued at $35,000. She is in such bad shape that the Government probably will be called upon to remove her.
      Buffalo Evening News
      June 30, 1905

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      LINDEN WRECK. - Detroit, July 3. - Vesselmen are at a loss to understand the apparent inactivity in disposing of the wreck of the steamer LINDEN, which is a serious menace to traffic in its present position on the botton of St. Clair River. but it is likely there will be some definate development within the next few days. Capt. J.V. Tuttle of Cleveland, representing the underwriters having the hull insurance on the LINDEN, was in Detroit Friday and was in communication with Lieu. Col. C.E. Davis, United States district engineer. He stated that figures were now being secured for the raising of the boat.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 3, 1905

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Detroit, July 6. -- No formal notification has yet been made by the owners of the steamer LINDEN, sunk in the St. Clair River between Sans Souci and Grande Pointe, to the government of their intentions in reference to this wreck. Neither have the Underwriters expressed themselves. Lieut. Col. C. E. L. B. Davis, government engineer was up the river Monday, and took a look at the sunken vessel. Until the 30 days allowed by law expire, the government will not take steps to remove the hulk. Nothing further than a strong request that the matter be given immediate attention will be made. If the channel were blocked and navigation obstructed, the government would have taken action without delay.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 6, 1905
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      WRECKED LINDEN SOLD. - Detroit, July 19. - The wreck of the steamer LINDEN, sunk in collision with the steamer CITY OF ROME between Sans Souci and Grande Pointe, St. Clair River, June 23, has been sold by the underwriters to the Myer Wrecking & Salvage Company, of Milwaukee, who will begin the work of raising the wreck at once. The terms of the deal are not made public. The LINDEN will probably be cofferdamed, as was done with the CITY OF ROME, but before this job can be undertaken, her stern must be lifted with pontoons and swung around so that she will head up stream, otherwise it would be impossible to construct a cofferdam on account of the strong current where the wreck lies.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 19, 1905

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      There will be no long drawn contest in the courts to determine which steamer was responsible in the CITY OF ROME - LINDEN collision in St. Clair River about two months ago. A settlement has been about effected and the $65,000 or $70,000 involved will be turned over to the owners of the two boats within a few days. The Detroit Tribune Says: -
It has been practically agreed that the big steel steamer FRANCIS WIDLAR by her suction caused the LINDEN to veer across the CITY OF ROME's bow, thus making the two victims innocent parties to the accident. It is understood that the LINDEN was insured in the same companies as the WIDLAR.
The CITY OF ROME carried no accident insurance and her repair bill will amount to upward of $20,000, while it cost something like $6,000 or $7,000 to raise her. The LINDEN was insured for $35,000. Her cargo of 1500 tons of soft coal was also insured. After an examination the LINDEN's owners abandoned her to the Underwriters as a total loss. To these itemsmust be added some incidentals that will run the total close to $70,000.
      The CITY OF ROME is still at Cleveland and will not be completed for about two weeks.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, september 2, 1905

      Steam screw LINDEN, U. S. No 141370. Of 894 gross tons, 708 net tons. Built Port Huron 1895. 206 x 35 x 12.6 Crew of 12. Home port, Sandusky. Use Inland freight.
      List of Merchant Steam Vessels
      of the United States, 1904

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NOTE. - The LINDEN was raised by a salvage company and while being moved, sunk again in the River St. Clair. This in 1906.

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    Latitude: 42.5792 Longitude: -82.56407
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Linden (Propeller), U141370, sunk by collision, 23 Jun 1905