The propeller APPOMATTOX, ore laden and bound for Buffalo, stranded on the reefs off Windmill Point yesterday afternoon, and it may be necessary to lighter her cargo before her release can be effected. The boat was making for the harbor when she went aground. A dense haze covered the lake and the men at the wheel lost their bearings. The craft finally grated on the sand and settled down hard aground. Two tugs were sent to her assistance last evening, but their efforts to float her have so far proved unsuccessful. The APPOMATTOX is owned by the Pickard & Mather line and cleared for (? from) Escanaba.
Buffalo Evening News
April 28, 1905
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The prop. APPOMATTOX, ore laden and bound for this port, is reported ashore at Windmill Pt., about 7 miles from the harbor. The vessel it is said, fetched up early yesterday morning while trying to enter port. A heavy haze covered Lake Erie yesterday and it was late in the afternoon before it was learned the APPOMATTOX was in trouble.
The tug W.G. MASON of the Great Lake fleet, with a number of ore-unloaders aboard, left for the scene of the stranding at 7:00 last night. The tug had not returned at 12:00, and it is believed that part of the cargo is being thrown overboard to effect release.
Buffalo Morning Express
April 28, 1905 8-1
The prop. APPOMATTOX, which went ashore near Windmill Pt. early on Thursday morning, was released yesterday morning by the tug W.G. MASON of the Great Lakes Towing Co. Over 300 tons of her ore cargo had to be thrown into the lake to effect her release.
Capt. Frank Hebner, master of the APPOMATTOX, said he was trying to keep clear of a large field of ice when the bow of his vessel fetched up. The vessel's engine was reversed, but the boat stuck fast. The ice crowded in on the APPOMATTOX and Capt. Hebner decided to wait for a tug to help release the boat. No other craft could be seen on the lake, so Capt. Hebner lowered a small boat, in which was the mate and a couple of sailors, and sent them ashore. Heavy ice blocked the way of the little boat, but the beach was finally reached and the mate was put ashore. He walked to a farmhouse and secured a horse and buggy and was taken to Fort Erie where he crossed the river to Buffalo. He went to the ore dock and the officials ordered the tug MASON sent to the APPOMATTOX at 6:00 in the evening.
It is not known whether the APPOMATTOX suffered any damage as a result of the stranding. As soon as the ore cargo is unloaded she will be placed in drydock for an examination of her bow.
Buffalo Morning Express
April 29, 1905 8-1
Steam screw APPOMATTOX. U. S. No. 107236. Of 2,643 gross tons; 2,082 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1896. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 319.8 x 42.0 x 23.0 Freight service. Crew of 18. Of 1,050 indicated horsepower.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904