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M. E. Tremble (Schooner), U90745, sunk by collision, 8 Sep 1890


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A serious collision took place in the rapids at 1:30 this morning, in which the schooner TREMBLE was sunk and one sailor drowned. The large steambarge W.L. WETMORE with the barge BRUNETTE was coming into the river. The steambarge BLANCHARD, with the schooner TREMBLE was coming up. The BLANCHARD whistled for the WETMORE to take the American side and was answered. The two steambarges passed 200 feet apart. The barge TREMBLE did not make it and was struck by the WETMORE and went down in the rapids in 3 minutes. One man, asleep at the time, drowned. The rest of the crew was taken aboard the car ferry HURON.
      The steambarge WETMORE is badly damaged and is now lying at the waterworks dock with her bow, above the waterline, badly stove in. The sunken schooner was owned by J.T. Fitzpatrick of Cleveland, was loaded with coal and is now lying in the channel on the American side, with her bow to the east, with her spars out of the water about 3 feet. She lies in the channel and is a great danger to incoming vessels.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, September 8, 1890

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      COLLISIONS NEAR PORT HURON.
      A stearner Crashes Into and Sinks a Schooner.
      Another Steamer, Trying to Avoid the Wreck, Collides With a Ferry.
      Early yesterday morning the steamer B. W. Blanchard was towing the large lake schooner MI. E. TREMBLE near Port Huron. The steamer and schooner met the steambarge W. L. WETMORE. Signals to pass to starboard were exchanged. The steamers passed each other, but the WETMORE and TREMBLE approached each other and collided with a fearful shock. The schooner sank at once. All of the crew escaped but William
McMaugh of Kingston, who went down with the vessel. The WETMORE was damaged considerably. Her bows were smasbed and she is leaking. The TREMBLE is insured for $23.571. She was one of the largest schooners afloat in the lakes.
      The steamer R. P. RANNEY and tow, the schooner JOHN MARTIN, were following the BLANCHARD. In trying to avoid the wreck the RANNEY struck the Grand Trunk Ferry HURON and was damaged extensively.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 9, 1890

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      Crosby & McDonald, Chicago insurance agents, have already paid John C. Fitzpatrick, of Mitchell & Co., their portion, $ 10,000, of the risk held on the sunken schooner M.E. TREMBLE. Smith, Davis & Co. paid the other $13,571, so that the entire loss has been settled. Capt. Pitcher, who sailed the TREMBLE will take the QUAYLE next trip.
      Marine Review
      September 25, 1890
     
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      The Murphy Wrecking Company are at work removing the wreck of the TREMBLE, sunk in the rapids.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, October 29, 1890

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      Murphy is not making very good success in working on the TREMBLE. He is waiting for a new diving outfit.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Thursday, October 30, 1890

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      The barge SUPERIOR ran into and sunk Murphy's wrecking schooner BEN HUR, on the St. Clair River Saturday night at 7 o'clock. The BEN HUR had been engaged in wrecking the sunken boat TREMBLE and was lying alongside the wreck when she was hit. The wrecking outfit of the BEN HUR is a total loss, everything going to the bottom.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, November 10, 1890

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On Sunday afternoon dynamite torpedeos wewe expoded beneath the wreck of the schooner TREMBLE, and the boat was partially destroyed.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, Apil 6, 1891
     
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The work of blowing up the M.E. TREMBLE was completed on Thursday. Ten dymanite charges were exploded. The BEN HUR will be blown up next week. There are now 38 feet of water over the TREMBLE.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      May 1, 1891

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      The case of Thomas A. Murphy against the steamer PASSAIC and her tow, the barges ELMA, HATTIE, W.B. JENNESS and the SUPERIOR, was argued before Judge Coxe at Utica Tuesday. In November 1890, Mr. Murphy was preparing to raise the schooner TREMBLE and cargo, sunk near the head of St. Clair River, and had made some progress. On the evening of November 8, his schooner BEN HUR, used in connection with the work, was anchored at the wreck, when the PASSAIC and tow came along. The last barge in the to
w, the SUPERIOR, collided with the BEN HUR, causing her to sink directly upon the submerged schooner TREMBLE and rendering both total losses. The amount claimed for the loss of the BEN HUR and submerged schooner TREMBLE and the wrecking outfit is something like $35,000.
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      October 9, 1896


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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 1
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1890
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McN.W.17477
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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M. E. Tremble (Schooner), U90745, sunk by collision, 8 Sep 1890