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E. B. Hale (Propeller), U135012, sunk, 8 Oct 1897

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The steamer E.B. HALE was lost on Saginaw Bay on Friday afternoon. She was bound from Lorain to Milwaukee loaded with steel billets. The crew was rescued by the steamer NEBRASKA and arrived at Port Huron at 3:00 this morning. When 37 miles from Pt. Aux Barques and in the middle of Saginaw Bay, the feed pipes leading to the pumps broke off close to the boiler, letting all the steam and water out of the boiler. This happened about 7 o'clock A. M. She then sprung a leak. One lifeboat was smashed while the NEBRASKA stood by to help. 13 men and a woman succeeded in getting to the other boat and were picked up by the NRBRASKA. The HALE went down bow first. She was owned by M.A. Bradley of Cleveland
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, October 9, 1897

Port Huron, Mich., Oct. 9. - The steamer E.B. HALE foundered in Lake Huron yesterday afternoon. Her crew, who were all picked up by the steamer NEBRASKA, landed here this morning.
      The HALE was owned by M.A. Bradley of Cleveland, was valued at $30,000, and was uninsured.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Sunday, October 10, 1897 2 - 7

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      Wreckage Marked "F.B. HALE" Blown Ashore at Port Elgin, Ont., Yesterday.
Port Elgin, Ont., Nov. 13. - A large amount of wreckage came ashore here yesterday and today, consisting of the upper works of some steamer which appear to have met with disaster in the severe storm of Thursday and Friday. Life preservers have the name of "F.B. HALE" on them. The storm was the severest during the last four years.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Sunday, November 14, 1897 1 - 6

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      Steam screw E.B. HALE, U. S. Number 135012. 1,186.15 tons gross; 928.05 tons net. 217.7 x 34.8 x 17.9. of 970 horse power (nominal). Built 1874 at Cleveland. Home port, Cleveland.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of
      the United States, 1897

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      Steamer E.B. HALE foundered October 8, 1897 in Lake Huron, of 1450 tons net. Valued at $27,000. Owned by Bradley Estate, Cleveland.
      Lake Vessel Losses, 1897
      Marine Review
      December 23, 1897

Work will he resumed on the wreck of the steamer PEWABIC in Thunder Bay. Lake Huron, about the middle of May, according to W. Milbrath of the American Wrecking & Salvage Co., Milwaukee. The Steamer H.A. ROOT and the Smith diving bell, described in the Review last autumn, will be utilized. President Milbrath states that his company is also figuring with the underwriters on a proposition for the removal of the steel billets from the wreck of the E.B. HALE, lost in 1897.
      The Marine Review
      May 11, 1899

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $27,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
William R. McNeil
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E. B. Hale (Propeller), U135012, sunk, 8 Oct 1897