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City of Rome (Propeller), U125914, sunk by collision, 23 Jun 1905


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STEAMERS ARE SUNK.
      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 work of raising the CITY OF ROME, sunk off Tashmoo Dock, has been begun by H.W. Baker of Detroit, who requests that passing vessels slow down at this point, as heavy swells may upset the work entirely.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 5, 1905

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Work on the CITY OF ROME, sunk in the St. Clair River, is progressing rapidly under the direction of Wrecking Master Baker. The cofferdam is about completed. The steamer will be ready for pumping next Sunday.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 7, 1905

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The work of pumping out the steamer CITY OF ROME, which sunk at Tashmoo Dock Detroit, was started yesterday morning and at 6 o'clock last night she was raised. She will be taken to Detroit and from there to Cleveland. Wrecking Master Baker has been just one week in raising the ROME, which all things considered, is a very quick job.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 10, 1905

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Wrecking Master Baker after raising the steamer CITY OF ROME took her over to the Maple Leaf Dock where she received a temporary patch on her bow. A tug left Detroit last night for Tashmoo Park and will tow the ROME to dry-dock.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 12, 1905

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      The steamer CITY OF ROME, which is now at Detroit, will leave under her own steam for Cleveland today. The canvas patch on her bow will be strengthened by a wooden patch and it is supposed she will have no difficulty in getting down.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 15, 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 Co. 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 the cofferdam on account of the strong current where the wreck lies.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 19, 1905

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The Gilchrist steamer CITY OF ROME, which sunk together with the steamer LINDEN in the St. Clair River June 23, and afterward was raised by Capt. Baker, is out of the Cleveland dry-dock, and will in a few days go into commission.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 25, 1905

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Steam screw CITY OF ROME. U. S. No. 125914. Of 1908 tons gross; 1594 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1881. Home port, Sandusky, O. 268.2 x 40.2 x 20.3 Crew of 17. Of 500 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902


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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Raised
Date of Original:
1905
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McN.W.16923
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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City of Rome (Propeller), U125914, sunk by collision, 23 Jun 1905