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Saxona (Propeller), U200036, 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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Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., April 18. - After the hole in the port bow of the steamer SAXONA had been patched up, she was raised and brought here at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Temporary repairs will be made so that the steamer can proceed to Buffalo with her flax cargo.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, April 18, 1906

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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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      The big freighter J. T. HUTCHINSON arrived in this port and was taken to the Eastern Elevator yesterday forenoon. 4,500 bushels of wet wheat were taken out of her hold. As soon as she is unloaded she will be taken to Cleveland, placed in dry dock for examination and repairs. She went on the bottom at the Limekilns.
The steamer SAXONA, which was in collision with the ZIMMERMAN above the Soo, is now in the Buffalo Drydock and proves to be badly injured. Her plates are knocked away from the forecastle deck to the forefoot and her stem is badly twisted. Several plates will have to come off her bottom also. It is estimated that it will cost upward of $30,000 to repair her.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, April 30, 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

Steam screw SAXONA. U. S. No. 200036. Of 4,716 tons gross; 3,441 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1903. Home port, Guluth, Minn. 416.0 x 50.0 x 28.0 Freight service. Crew of 23. Of 1,250 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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Saxona (Propeller), U200036, collision, 16 Apr 1906