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Frank Rockefeller (Propeller), U121015, aground, 6 Nov 1905

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Fort Williams, Nov. 7. - Reports from the steamer FRANK ROCKEFELLER ashore on Isle Royale shows that the steel trust steamer is in a dangerous plight. A twenty mile blow has raised a big sea to which the steamer is fully exposed. Her rudder and propeller wheel have been carried away and there is a hole 18 feet circumferance in her stern. The crew are suffering great privations, it is said, in the extreme cold now prevailing. It was just 18 years ago today since the Canadian steamer ALGOMA went to pieces on Isle Royale, not far from the ROCKEFELLER, and all hands were lost.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 7, 1905

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      Duluth, Nov. 13. - The steamer ROCKEFELLER, which stranded on Isle Royale a week ago, arrived at Two Harbors yesterday in tow of the steamer MARITANA, convoyed by the steamer CORALIA and tug BOWNTON. The ROCKEFELLER was released Wednesday and taken to the shelter of Grace Harbor, a few miles distant, at the western end of Isle Royale. In getting the steamer off the rocks, 1700 tons of the cargo was jettisoned and 1,000 tons transferred to the MARITANA.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 13, 1905

      Steam screw FRANK ROCKEFELLER. U. S. No. 121015. Of 2759 gross tons; 2013 tons net. Built Superior, Wis., 1896. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 366.5 x 45.0 x 26.0 Of 1850 nominal horse-power [estimated]
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 48.00044 Longitude: -88.83341
William R. McNeil
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Frank Rockefeller (Propeller), U121015, aground, 6 Nov 1905