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Walter L. Frost (Propeller), U80973, aground, 4 Nov 1903

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The propeller WALTER L. FROST met with disastrous failure yesterday in its attempt to reach the shelter of South Manitou Island before the coming of a heavy storm. She had on a cargo of corn from Chicago to Ogdensburg and ran hard aground in the heavy fog. She is now on the south end of the island, out two feet forward and aground from amidships to the bow. The crew of the FROST and the life-savers from South Manitou worked on the vessel last night, throwing her corn cargo overboard in an effort to lighten the ship. A wrecker has been ordered to the vessel.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, November 5, 1903

The propeller WALTER L. FROST, stranded Wednesday on South Manitou Island, was scuttled yesterday as the heavy seas were pounding the wreck dangerously. The vessel is on a rocky bottom with decks two feet under water.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, November 6, 1903

The propeller WALTER L. FROST, which was stranded on South Manitou Island, could not hold out against the last storm which passed over her and she now lies broken in two on the beach. The crew is safe on the island and will be taken to their homes in Ogdensburg. The total loss of the vessel will be $75,000. The cargo of grain and merchandise being valued at $30,000. The boat was uninsured, but the cargo was fully covered. She was built in 1883 and was owned by the Rutland Transit Company.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, November 11, 1903

The last storm proved too much for the steamer WALTER L. FROST and her hull now lies broken in two on the beach at South Manitou Island. The crew are all safe on the Island.
      Port Huron daily Times
      Wednesday, November 11, 1903
The wrecker MANISTIQUE arrived at Glen Haven last night and she is to at once begin the work of raising the Rutland Line propller WALTER L. FROST, which was wrecked last fall on South Manitou Island.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 14, 1904
Glen Haven, - The wrecker MANISTIQUE has arrived and begun to raise the Rutland steamer WALTER L. FROST. She is not broken in two as was previously reported.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      September 14, 1904
Word was received by the Reid Wrecking Company, of Sarnia yesterday, that the propeller WALTER L. FROST, which has been on South Manitou Island since last fall, had gone to pieces in the storm.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 21, 1904
      The wreck of the Western Transit packet steamer WALTER L. FROST, which stranded on South Manitou Island in 1903, is reported from Muskegon to have been purchased by local contractors, Bennett & Schnorbach, who will take immediate steps to remove her.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 28, 1905

WALTER L. FROST Built 1883 Package Freight Propeller - Wood
U. S. No. 80973 1322 gc - 1203 nt 235.7 x 36.9 x 12.9
Stranded on southwest end of South Manitou Island, Lake Michigan, November 4, 1903; went to pieces that winter.
      Detroit/Wyandotte Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio.

Steam screw WALTER L. FROST. U. S. No. 80973. Of 1322.16 gross tons; 1203.24 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1883. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 235.7 x 36.9 x 12.9.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Walter L. Frost (Propeller), U80973, aground, 4 Nov 1903