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George Spencer (Propeller), aground, 28 Nov 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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      Duluth, Dec. 1. - Dashed on the rocks 40 miles north of Two Harbors, the steel steamer GEORGE SPENCER and her consort, the AMBOY, of the Tonawanda Steel Co., line are wrecks at Thomasville. The lives of the crews were saved. The vessels were bound for Duluth with coal. The left Buffalo on Nov. 18 and were about 100 miles from Two Harbors when the storm struck them Monday night. Tuesday morning they ran on the rocks and for 13 hours the situation of the crew on the battered hulks was desperate.
      Fishermen rushed into the surf almost to their necks and aided the sailors to escape. The SPENCER's cargo can be lightered, but there is little hope for saving the boat.
      H. Coulby, president of the Pittsburg Steamship Company last night said: "The steamer CORALIA and the barge MAIA, bound down, ore-laden, went on the beach at Point Isabelle, near Belegrise. The crews of both boats are all right and a wrecking expedition has been sent to them from the Soo."
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 1, 1905

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The coal cargo of the stranded steamer GEARGE SPENCER, ashore at Thomasville on the north shore of Lake Superior is being rescued by the insurance underwriters, and the owners of the vessel, the Tonawanda Iron & Steel Company, has also given them a contract to release the vessel, which is not insured.
      A tug and scows have been sent to her by Whitney Bros., of Superior. Her cargo consists of 1740 tons of hard coal. There is about five feet of water in the hold of the vessel, but Capt. C.O. Flynn, who has inspected her, says she is in pretty good shape.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 20, 1905


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Propeller GEORGE SPENCER, U.S. No. 85849, of 1,360 gross tons. Built 1884, stranded Nov. 28, 1905 at Thomasville, Minn. A total loss. No lives lost.
      Loss of American Vessels
      1906, List of Merchant Vessels, U. S. A.

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1905
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McN.W.17075
Language of Item:
English
  • Minnesota, United States
    Latitude: 47.57379 Longitude: -90.83626
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William R. McNeil
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George Spencer (Propeller), aground, 28 Nov 1905