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Roman (Propeller), U110932, damaged hull, 11 Nov 1897

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The most serious money loss of the gale (Wednesday) was sustained by the steel steamer ROMAN of the Hanna fleet in a curious accident at Ashtabula. The big steamer was leaving port for Milwaukee with a load of coal at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. When fairly outside a big sea lifted her high in the air and then suddenly receding dropped the vessel to the bottom of the lake, which she struck with great violence. The steel plates and frames were cracked and broken by the crash at a point nearly in the middle of her length. The break extended from the waterline through the rail and even to the hatches on deck. Capt. Greenly at once whistled for tugs, and finally got his ship into port. A examination showed that the break extended from the wale strake to the rail, and from the rail across the deck to the hatch. The crack is very even and straight, but Capt. Greenly does not think that the plates are broken below the wale strake. The steamer struck bottom but once. Had she suffered another such blow, it seems impossible that she could have been saved.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, November 12, 1897 6 - 4

Steam screw ROMAN. U. S. No. 110932. Of 2,348.43 tons gross; 1,875.23 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1891. Home port, Cleveland, O. 296.2 x 40.4 x 21.1
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1892

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Reason: damaged hull
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.86505 Longitude: -80.78981
William R. McNeil
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Roman (Propeller), U110932, damaged hull, 11 Nov 1897