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W. E. Corey (Propeller), aground, 29 Nov 1905

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Ashland, Dec. 1. - The steel steamer W.E. COREY, flagship of the big fleet operated by the Pittsburg Steamship Company, the navigation end of the steel trust, is stranded on Gull Island, one of the Apostle group, having struck during the gale which wrought such havoc to shipping during the past few days. The news of the wreck was brought here this morning by the CORSICA of the same fleet, which had gone from Duluth in search of missing vessels belonging to that company. At 4 0'clock yesterday afternoon First Mate J. Bailey of the COREY, with five sailors from the ship, arrived at Bayfield to report the disaster. They state that the vessel is in no danger and is resting easy on a sandy bottom. The crew are all safe.
      Although the steamer has suffered no serious injuries as yet, according to Capt. F.A. Bailey, the crew were for a time in great danger, the sea washing over the craft and preventing the launching of the boats until today. The wreck occurred at 6 o'clock Wednesday.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 1, 1905

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      Ashland, Dec. 5. - Supreme efforts will be put forth by the steel trust today in a final attempt to release the big steamer WILLIAM E. COREY, from her perilous position on Gull Island, where she has been perched since the big storm of last week. The steamers SIEMENS and MARINA of the steel trust fleet will be assisted in pulling on the stranded ship by the tugs CROSBY, EDNA G. and GLADIATOR. If successful in releasing the COREY, the two steamers, which are loaded with ore, will continue on their way to Lake Erie.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 5, 1905

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      Ashland, Dec. 11. - The big steamer WILLIAM E. COREY, which has been perched on the boulders of Gull Island Reef since the big storm of Nov. 28, slid down the toboggan when she finally started early yesterday so rapidly that she came near wrecking the fleet which was engaged in wrecking operations.
      The steamers DOUGLAS HOUGHTON, MANOLA and MARINA, with the tugs EDNA G., GLADIATOR and E.G. CROSBY, were pulling on the lines when the COREY started. All the lines were broken when the steamer suddenly slipped from the rocky berth and started for deep water. A sailor on the MARINA was caught by the flying lines and had an arm broken.
      The steel plates of the COREY's bottom are riddled and the wheel is broken. As soon as the wind goes down, the wrecked steamer will be towed to Duluth, where repairs will be made during the winter.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 11, 1905

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Reason: aground
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Remarks: Got off
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 46.93827 Longitude: -90.65296
William R. McNeil
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W. E. Corey (Propeller), aground, 29 Nov 1905