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Eugene Zimmerman (Propeller), U202711, sunk by collision, 16 Apr 1906

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      The SAXONA And EUGENE ZIMMERMAN In Disastrous Crash At The Soo..
Sault Ste. Marie, April 17. - The most disastrous collision in many years in the Soo passage occurred yesterday morning when the steel steamers SAXONA and EUGENE ZIMMERMAN came together at the foot of the Dyke. The SAXONA was just making the turn at that point when she collided with the ZIMMERMAN, striking the latter 20 feet back of the bow on the port side, crushing through the steel sides as far as the pilot house, and twisting the stem badly.
The ZIMMERMAN sank at once in 20 feet of water on the Canadian side of the river. The crew are safe. The SAXONA continued on down the river as far as Little Mud Lake, where she filled and sank on the west side of the river. The channel is not blocked by the accident.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, April 17, 1906

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Cleveland, O., April 19. - The steamer ZIMMERMAN, which was sunk in collision with the steamer SAXONA in the Soo River, will be out of commission for about six weeks. She will probably unload her coal cargo at Sault Ste. Marie and return to Lake Erie for repairs.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, April 19, 1906

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Divers yesterday made an examination of the sunken steamer ZIMMERMAN to estimate the cost of raising her. Bids for the work will be received by the underwriters, and the work of raising the vessel will begin as soon as the contract has been let.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, April 20, 1906

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Sault Ste. Marie, April 23. --The Canadian steamer DONNECONA, which stranded near here, was released yesterday after 5,000 bushels of her grain cargo had been lightered. She was uninjured and continued on her voyage. The steamer CLYDE, laden with iron ore, is stranded at Round Island. Tugs have gone to her assistance. Nothing has yet been done toward raising the steamer ZIMMERMAN, sunk by collision with the SAXONA some days ago, but it is expected that a contract for the work will be let by the underwriters today.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, April 23, 1906

The steamer SAXONA, which was recently in collision with the ZIMMERMAN in the Soo Passage,, is now in dry-dock here where it will take two weeks to make repairs. The work of raising the ZIMMERMAN, which is completely submerged, will be started soon. The SAXONA is badly damaged.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, April 26, 1906

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Sault Ste. Marie, June 1. - The steamer EUGENE ZIMMERMAN, took off her cargo at Canadian Soo yesterday. The cofferdam which was built to raise the vessel was removed and a temporary bulkhead will be placed forward. The steamer will then leave for Cleveland, where she will go into dry dock for repairs.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, June 1, 1906

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The steamer ZIMMERMAN which sank in a collision with the SAXONA in the Soo Passage on her first trip, is in the shipyard in Cleveland, as is the SAXONA. Both vessels were so badly damaged that they will probably be in the ship yard for seven or eight weeks.
      The Buffalo Times
      June 9, 1906

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Cleveland, June 9. -- It will take at least two months for the Lake Shipyards to complete repairs on the steel vessels now lined up waiting to go into drydocks. The steamer ZIMMERMAN, which was sunk in collision with the SAXONA in the Soo Passage on her first trip, will be at the local shipyard for seven or eight weeks, and the repair bill will be between $50,000 and $60,000. The steamer CRESCENT CITY and barge MANILA, recently released from the beach near Duluth, will be repaired at Ohio ports and they will both be big jobs.
The MANILA will be converted into a steamer, but the change will not be made until next winter. Repairs on the MATAAFA will probably be made at Superior. Little will be known regarding the condition of the EDENBORN until she has been released at Split Rock. The steamers ROMAN, recently released, and the GRECIAN, now sunk at Detour, will have to go into drydock for repairs.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, June 9, 1906

Steam screw EUGENE ZIMMERMAN. U. S. No. 202711. Of 5,630 tons gross; 4,772 tons net. Built Toledo, Ohio, 1905. Home port, Toledo, Ohio. 488.6 x 52.0 x 31.0 Crew of 23. Freight service. Of 1,200 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1913

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.50308 Longitude: -84.35171
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Eugene Zimmerman (Propeller), U202711, sunk by collision, 16 Apr 1906