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Kaliyuga (Propeller), U14458, sunk, 19 Oct 1905

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      Cleveland, Oct. 24. - The ore steamer KALITUGA from Marquette Thursday, due in Cleveland Saturday night, has not been heard from. The KALIYUGA was in Lake Huron during the height of the storm on Friday. The boat had a crew of 18. Two boats from Cleveland to look for her.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 24, 1905

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      Cleveland, Oct. 25. -- The steamers CENTURION and PONTIAC have been sent in search of the steamer KALIYUGA among the Georgian Bay Islands. The KALIYUGA passed Sault Ste. Marie last Thursday and entered Lake Huron before the great gale broke. Since that time nothing has been heard of the steamer. It is believed that she is in shelter disabled under some of the Georgian Bay Islands. The KALIYUGA carries a crew of 18 men. She is a wooden boat of the old style construction and belongs to the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Co.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 25, 1905
      Wreckage From Missing Steamer Sighted -- Had Crew of 17.
      Detroit, Oct. 28. -- Wreckage from the missing steamer KALIYUGA, sighted by the steamer LILLIE SMITH on Lake Huron, established apparently beyond a doubt, that the ship foundered in the great gale of last Thursday. The SMITH, which arrived at Port Huron yesterday, reported that she passed wreckage consisting of a pilot house painted dark yellow outside and white inside; also a part of a cabin painted yellow, together with other parts of a steamer. The wreckage was found about 40 miles south of Cove Island, on the course between the island and Fort Gratiot.
      That the wreckage is from the KALIYUGA is not doubted, as the color corresponds with that of the Cleveland Cliffs fleet, to which the lost steamer belonged. From its location it would indicate that Capt. Tonkin was trying to reach the friendly shelter of Georgian Bay when the ship was carried to the bottom of lake Huron with her crew of 17.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 28, 1905

Propeller KALIYUGA, U.S. No. 14458, of 1,941 gross tons. Built 1887, with a crew of 17 persons foundered October 19, 1905 on Lake Huron, with the loss of all 17 persons. Vessel a total loss.
      Loss of American Vessels
      1906, List of Merchant Vessels of U. S. A.

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Steam screw KALIYUGA, U.S. No. 14458, of 1,941 gross tons. 1,581 tons net. Built St. Clair, Mich., 1887. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 269.6 x 40.2 x 20.7 Freight service. Crew of 15. Of 750 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 17
Freight: ore
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
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Kaliyuga (Propeller), U14458, sunk, 19 Oct 1905