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Crescent City (Propeller), U127176, aground, 28 Nov 1905


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Superior, Wis., Nov. 28. - The steel freighter CRESCENT CITY, of the Pittsburg Company's fleet, is a wreck on the north shore of Lake Superior. She was driven on the rocks within the limits of the city of Duluth this morning, in a 70-mile gale. The crew and captain are safe.
      The wind swung her stern around so that the ship was broadside to shore and the stern was so close that Capt. Frank Rice and his crew threw a ladder to the shore and walked off in safety, abandoning the ship to her fate. She will be a total loss, her wreckage now strewing the shore. She was 470 feet long, with 5705 gross tons.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 28, 1905

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      MANY VESSELS AND LIVES LOST IN LAKE STORM
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      (By Associated Press)
      Chicago, November 29. - Reports received up to early today show 18 vessels were wrecked in the storm which swept over the Great Lakes Monday night and yesterday. One life is known to have been lost, and it is feared eight others have perished as a result of the storm. Four vessels are reported missing.
      THE WRECKS.
      The following is a list of the vessels wrecked and missing:
CRESCENT CITY, steel steamer, driven ashore near Duluth.
MATAAFA, Steel steamer, driven ashore at Duluth.
R.W. ENGLAND, steel steamer, wrecked near Duluth.
ISAAC L. ELWOOD, steel steamer, disabled in Duluth Harbor.
J.H. OUTHWAITE, steamer, ashore and burned near Sheboygan, Mich.
CITY OF HOLLAND, passenger steamer, stranded at Rogers City, Mich.
D.C. WHITNEY, steamer, ashore near Port Washington, Wis.
J.H. SPAULDING, schooner, ashore near Port Huron, Mich.
MARY MITCHELL, schooner, stranded near Sheboygan, Mich.
HARVEY BISSELL, schooner, broken up at Alpena.
F.A. GEORGER, schooner, dismasted on Lake Michigan, towed to Sheboygan, Wis.
OLIVER MOWATT, ashore in Lake Ontario.
JIM SHERIFFS, steamer, dismasted on Lake Huron.
VINLAND, schooner, waterlogged at Alpena.
Unknown Vessel, reported ashore at Presque Isle, Lake Huron
CHARLES. M. WARNER, steamer, ashore at Nine Mile Point, near Sheboygan, Mich.
MARIPOSA, steamer, ashore at Split Rock.
GEORGE HERBERT, scow, sunk off Two Islands, Lake Superior.
      REPORTED MISSING.
ANGELINE, steel steamer, Lake Superior.
JAMES MOWATT, schooner, Lake Huron.
MOHEGAN, steamer, Lake Huron.
ALCONA, steamer, and barges, Green Bay.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 29, 1905

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      STEAMER "CRESCENT CITY" WILL BE RAISED NEXT SPRING.
According to a private despatch received at the Pittsburg Steamship Company' office from Marine Superintendent W.W. Smith, it will be impossible to release the CRESCENT CITY till next spring, when warmer and better conditions will prevail. Capt. Martin Swain of the Great Lakes Towing Company, reached the scene of the wreck, and advised that this course be taken. There are many difficulties in the way of getting her off now, the principal one being the inclement weather.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 23, 1905

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      STEAMERS CRESCENT CITY AND MATAAFA BOTH SCUTTLED.
Detroit, May 28. -- Private advices received in Detroit from Duluth late Saturday night were to the effect that the wrecks of the Steel Trust steamers CRESCENT CITY and MATAFFA were scuttled on account of the storm raging on Lake Superior.
Wreckers have been at work on the boats, which were driven ashore in the big storm of last November, for weeks, and it was hoped that they would be soon released. How much damage the present gale is inflicting on the helpless ships is unknown. They were scuttled to prevent as far as possible their pounding on the rocks.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, May 28, 1906


      CRESCENT CITY WILL BE LAUNCHED SECOND TIME.
Cleveland, April 2. -- It is not ofter that a great ship is launched more than once, but the stranded steamer CRESCENT CITY will take the plunge from terra firma a second time. Instead of being dragged off the shore at Lakewood, she will be elevated several feet and actually launched. The work of wrecking the CRESCENT CITY will be actively begun wilt a big force of men early next week. The Pittsburg Steamship Company is rapidly assembling the large amount of equipment to accomplish this heavy job. The air compressors will be used to force the water out of the tanks.
      Buffalo Evening News
      April 2, 1906
     


      RELEASE OF STEAMER CRESCENT CITY.
Duluth, June 5. -- The stern of the wrecked steamer CRESCENT CITY has been shifted out well toward the open lake, and if the work is not hindered by the wind the big boat will be afloat soon. It is blowing fresh from the northeast, and upon its duration from that quarter depends the time of the boat's release.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, June 5, 1906


      STEAMER CRESCENT CITY IS RELEASED
Duluth, June 7. -- The steamer CRESCENT CITY was yesterday released from the rocks at Lake Wood, where she has lain since the big storm last fall.
The vessel is insured least of any of the Steel Trust wrecks, although the bill of repairs will be large.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, June 6, 1906

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      STEAMER CRESCET CITY WILL COME DOWN FOR REPAIRS.
Duluth, June 12. -- The steamer CRESCENT CITY, lately released from the rocks at Lakewood, is being prepared for the trip down the lakes the latter part of the week. Although the boat is not in very good shape, it is believed she will be in better condition for the voyage than the barge MANILA, which started down Sunday. It has not been announced where the repairs will be made.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, June 12, 1906
     
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      STEAMER CRESCENT CITY LEAVES FOR DRY DOCK.
Duluth, June 15. -- The steamer CRESCENT CITY recently released from the rocks at Lake Wood, near Duluth, left this morning for the Lower Lakes, to go into one of the ship yards there for repairs. Although the injuries to the steamer are not as extensive as those of other boats wrecked in last November's big storm, the repairs will be expensive.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, June 15, 1906

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      COMING DOWN TO RECEIVE REPAIRS.
Cleveland, June 16. - Barge MANILA, which was wrecked on Lake Superior last fall, will be repaired at the plant of the Toledo Shipbuilding Company. She will reach Toledo today. It has not been decided where the steamer CRESCENT CITY will be repaired. She is on her way down from the head of the lakes.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, June 16, 1906

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      STEAMER CRESCENT CITY DOCKED AT LORAIN.
Cleveland, June 21. - Captain W. W. Smith, marine superintendent of the Pittsburg Steamship Company, will take the wrecking outfit he used in releasing the steamer CRESCENT CITY to the barge MANDA, which is stranded at Lime Kiln Crossing. The CRESCENT CITY arrived at Lorain yesterday, and will be docked today.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, June 21, 1906
     
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      WILL COST $100,000 TO REPAIR CRESCENT CITY.
Cleveland, June 25. - The repairs to the Steel Trust steamer CRESCENT CITY, which is in the dry-dock at Lorain, will cost at least $100,000. The boat arrived in Lorain last Wednesday after being brought from Lake Superior in a practically sinking condition.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, June 25, 1906
     
     

      STEAMER LAFAYETTE TOWED TO DULUTH.
      Her Machinery Will be Installed in Barge MANILA During the Winter.
      Duluth, Sept. 1. -- Shortly after 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, all that is left of the big steel steamer LAFAYETTE, which was wrecked on the north shore of lake Superior, near Two Harbors, in the great storm of November last, was towed into port by the steamer COLGATE and tug ZENITH. The part saved was the stern of the ship, which contains the machinery and boilers, and it formed one of the most unusual spectacles ever witnessed in the harbor as it was towed through the canal by the two boats.
      When the wreckers got to work on the LAFAYETTE it was found that the forward part of the ship was a total wreck, and that all left of value was the machinery. Instead of taking this out piecemeal, a big bulkhead was built across the after part of the ship where it had broken in two. The section was then pumped out and floated. The machinery is still in good shape and will be placed in the steel barge MANILA, which will be converted into a steamer.
      Of the fleet of six steel boats of the Pittsburg Steamship Company, which stranded on Lake Superior during the November storm, all have been saved but the EDENBORN, and half of the LAFAYETTE. The work of releasing the EDENBORN, is progressing favorably and it is believed the boat will be floated in a few days. The ships wrecked were the EDENBORN, CRESCENT CITY, MATAFA, LAFAYETTE, MADEIRA and W.E. CORY, and all but the CORY were forced to remain all winter where the storm left them.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 1, 1906


Steam screw CRESCENT CITY.* U. S. No. 127176. Of 4,213 gross tons; 3,675 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill., 1897. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 406.0 x 48.2 x 23.9 Crew of 24. Steel built. Of 1,600 indicated horsepower. Passenger service.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1906
     

     




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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1905
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McN.W.17052
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  • Minnesota, United States
    Latitude: 46.78327 Longitude: -92.10658
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William R. McNeil
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Crescent City (Propeller), U127176, aground, 28 Nov 1905