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Eliza H. Strong (Propeller), U136733, fire, 26 Oct 1904

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The porpeller ELIZA H. STRONG, owned by the Strong Transportation Compant of Tonawanda, lies in24 feet of water near Port Huron, a total loss as the result of fire. The boat was bound down with the schooner OUR SON, both boats loaded with lumber. The STRONG was built in 1899 and registered 761 tons. Her crew escaped.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 27, 1904

The wreck of the steamer ELIZA H. STRONG, which was burned and sunk in Lake Huron, near Lexington, Mich., lies 4,433 feet from the southeast corner of Lexington Dock, the azimuth from dock to wreck being 309 degrees 30 minutes and the bearing from dock to wreck being southeast half east. The depth of water at the wreck is 25 feet. One thousand feet in, towards the shore, it is 24 feet. No part of the wreck shows above water. The depth of water on the cylinder head of the engine is five feet, on the west rail of the wreck it is six feet; 40 feet east of cylinder head is a white and black flag buoy, and 60 feet north of cylinder head is a buoy with a red board a foot long by four inches wide. The wreck lies on an even keel with bow pointing to the northeast.
      Buffalo Evening News
      June 17, 1905

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The buoys marking the wreck of the steamer STRONG, near Lexington, Lake Huron, have been carried away, and Maj. Beach of the Lake Survey at Detroit warns all vessels thereof. The work of replacing the lost buoys will begin immediately.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 6, 1905
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STRONG TO BE RAISED. - The Reid Wrecking Company of Port Huron will undertake the work of removing the burned hulk of the steamer ELIZA H. STRONG, which lies about a mile off the harbor of Lexington, Lake Huron. A wrecking outfit will be sent to the wreck next week. Capt. Reid yesterday made a visit of inspection. Correspondence has been in progress between the government authorities and Smith, Davis & Co. of Buffalo, marine underwriters, for some time, and the underwriters have made arrangements with the Reid company. The STRONG was burned last October, and has been marked by two buoys during the season. The vessel is out of the usual path of the largest vessels, but occasionally a smaller boat strays over near it. The boat is 205 feet on the keel, and was built in 1899. She was owned by the Strong Transportation Company of Tonawanda N. Y.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 27, 1905

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      Port Huron, Sept. 14. - The wreck of the ELIZA STONE (sic) lies 500 feet from the dock at Lexington, and it is said to be a menace to all boats going in those waters. The Reid Wrecking Co., will commence work very soon to remove the engines and boilers of the boat and dynamite the hull.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 14, 1905

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Steam screw N.K. FAIRBANKS. U. S. No. 130033. Of 980.30 gross tons; 831.27 tons net. Built at Marine City, Mich., in 1874. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 205.0 x 36.7 x 11.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. s., 1889

Steam screw ELIZA H. STRONG. U. S. No. 136733. Of 781 gross tons; 614 tons net. Built at Tonawanda, N.Y., in 1899. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 205.0 x 36.7 x 11.3
      Merchant Vessel List, U. s., 1901

NOTE: the N.K. FAIRBANKS. U. S. No. 130033, was rebuilt into the ELIZA H STRONG in 1899

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.26808 Longitude: -82.53076
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Eliza H. Strong (Propeller), U136733, fire, 26 Oct 1904