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Madeira (Barge), U93020, aground, 28 Nov 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

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      Duluth, Dec. 1. - The barge MADEIRA, which has been missing since she broke away from her steamer, the EDENBORN, on Lake Superior in the big blow, is ashore on Split Rock on the North shore, 3 miles from where the EDENBORN is wrecked. Mate James Mardow is dead. All the other men aboard reached here yesterday.
      Capt. J.H. Dissette of Buffalo, has both feet frozen. He can't walk.
Two hours after the MADEIRA had parted company with the EDENBORN the barge went ashore at a point where a high cliff overhangs the water. Mate James Mardow, seeing that the boat was about to strike, ran up the fore-mast to jump to the rock when the spar swung inward. As the boat struck, however, she immediately broke in two and the spar fell, pitching the doomed man into the icy water.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 1, 1905

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Duluth, June 4. -- The wrecked steamer MATAAFA, of the Steel Trust fleet, which met disaster off this port in the great storm of Nov. 28 last, costing the lives of nine of her crew, was yesterday released by wreckers and brought inside the harbor. She will remain at anchor until it is decided repairs will be made. Capt. Reid will in a few days commence the work of recovering the wreck of the steamer EDENBORN, which was driven ashore at Split Rock, on the north shore, 60 miles from Duluth, in the same storm. The recovery of the MATAAFA marks the completion of two of Capt. Reid's contracts on the Steel Rust wrecks, the barge MADEIRA having been the first.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, June 4, 1906

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Schooner barge MADEIRA. U. S. No. 93020. Of 5,039 gross tons; 4,667 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill., 1900. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 436.0 x 50.2 x 24.2
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1901
Schooner barge MADEIRA. U.S. No. 93020. Of 5,O39 tons gross. Built 1900. Stranded November 28, 1905 at Split Rock, Lake Superior. 11 person were on board, one life was lost.
      Loss of American Vessels During Fiscal year 1906
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1906
      MADEIRA Built January 1900 Barge -Steel
U.S. No. 93020 5039 gt - 4667 nt 436' x 50.2' x 24.2'
Stranded near Split Rock Point, Lake Superior, November 28, 1905, 1 life lost.
      Chicago Steam Boat Co., Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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  • Minnesota, United States
    Latitude: 47.18798 Longitude: -91.3835
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Madeira (Barge), U93020, aground, 28 Nov 1905