The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
C. A. Congdon (Propeller), U204526, aground, 8 Nov 1918

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Accidents and storms on the Great Lakes in 1918 resulted in the loss of 93 lives, of which 76 passed out on Lake Superior. The important marine events follow: -
      November 8 - Steamer C.A. CONGDON went ashore on Canoe Rocks, near Passage Island, Lake Superior, and later broke in two. The ship and her cargo of grain were valued at about $1,500,000.
      Collingwood Bulletin
      January 23, 1919

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On November 6, 1918, the 525-foot ore carrier CHESTER H. CONGDON met death on the razor edged reefs of Isle Royale's deadly Canoe Rocks. Twenty-nine years later, on June 4, 1947, the Canada Steamship Lines steamer EMPEROR repeated the CONGDON's error and died on the same reef. The crew of the CONGDON was lucky; the moody lake gods smiled and not a man was lost, but the gods frowned on the EMPEROR and 12 of her crew of 33 drowned in the disaster.
      (extracted from the "the EMPEROR of Isle Royale")
      Canadian Diving News
      Vol. 4, No. 9, April
      Steam screw SALT LAKE CITY.* Built August 29, 1907 Bulk propeller - Steel
U. S. No. 204526. 6530 gt - 4843 nt 532.0 x 56.2 x 26.5
      * Renamed [b] CHESTER A. CONGDON - U.S. - 1913
      Stranded on Canoe Rocks, Lake Superior, November 8, 1918, and broke in half.
      Chicago Steam Boat Co., Master Shipbuilding List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: grain
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 48.19737 Longitude: -88.49868
William R. McNeil
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C. A. Congdon (Propeller), U204526, aground, 8 Nov 1918