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City of Holland (Propeller), U126967., aground, 27 Nov 1905

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Alpena, Mich., Nov. 28. - A 48-hour gale is sweeping over the upper end of Lake Huron, and several accidents to shipping have been reported. The barge HARVEY BISSELL, which was tied to an outer dock, has been broken to pieces by the storm. The barge VINELAND, coal laden, broke away from her tow barge last night and is aground off Alpena. The Thompson Line steamer CITY OF HOLLAND is on the rocks near Rogers City, but the crew is in no danger. An unknown steamer is reported aground on Presque Isle.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 28, 1905

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The following vessels have been wrecked today in the most terrific gale since 1872:
      Propeller CRESCENT CITY ashore near Duluth.
      MATAAFA ashore near Duluth
      D.C. WHITNEY ashore near Milwaukee
      ARGO ashore near Holland
      APPOMATOX ashore near Milwaukee
      HOLLAND ashore near Rogers City [CITY OF HOLLAND]
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      November 29, 1905

      Detroit, Dec. 16. - The passenger steamer CITY OF HOLLAND is now in the Wolverine Drydock at Port Huron. As the result of her pounding on the rocks at Rogers City she has four rows of planks on either side of her bottom, extending the whole length, which will probably have to be replaced. Agent Knapp also says her keel is in bad shape and will need extensive rebuilding.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 16, 1905

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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 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.
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

      Steam screw CLARENCE E. LA BEAU.* U. S. No. 126967. Of 275 tons gross; 57 tons net. Built at Saugatuck, Mich., in 1893. Home port, Toledo, Ohio. 146.7 x 29.5 x 7.9 Freight service. Crew of 12.
* formerly steam screw [a] CITY OF HOLLAND, [b] MELBORNE.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1920




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    Latitude: 45.4214 Longitude: -83.81833
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City of Holland (Propeller), U126967., aground, 27 Nov 1905