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Wissahickon (Propeller), U204416, aground, 14 Dec 1909


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WISSAHICKON'S CREW OF 34 MEN MAROONED ON LAKE ISLAND.
      Fine Anchor Line Steamer Runs Aground in Lake Huron
      Crew Without Supplies Since Sunday.
      Little Current, Ont., Dec. 16. -- The steel steamer WISSAHICKON of the Anchor Line ran on the Outer Duck islands, Lake Huron, Sunday night in a gale and snowstorm. The lower decks and the stern of the vessel are submerged. The crew landed safely on the island, but are cut off from supplies, and have had no food since Sunday.
      Tuesday two fishermen succeeded in reaching the steamer in a gasoline launch from manitoulin island, and brought off the first mate, J. H. Casey and engineer J. Erskin. These two had to walk eight miles over dangerous ground to Fernlee, the nearest telephone station, whence a call for assistance to the men left on the island, 12 in number, was sent out. Tugs have been sent from the Soo to their aid.
      ALSO
      Four Buffalonians are included in the crew of the steamer WISSAHICKON, which ran aground on Outer Duck Island. They are Harry Sullivan, second mate; Fred Rehbaum, chief engineer; Joseph Erskin, second engineer; and Albert Reynolds, third engineer. Sullivam's home is in Connecticut, but he spends most of his time in this city. Capt. Hugh Miller of Ogdensburg was in charge of the vessel and Henry Casey of Center Augusta, Ont., was first mate.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 16, 1909
     
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      WISSAHICKON'S CREW IS SAVED.
      Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Dec. 18. -- The tug GENERAL of the Great lakes Towing Company, reported at the dock of the Woolworth land & lumber Company, West Nesbish, tonight, but could come no further on account of no lights in the channel. The tug saved the entire crew of the steamer WISSAHICKON.
      The freighter is in 11 feet of water, with her hold flooded. The tug could not reach her. The crew was taken off with a small fish tug. The GENERAL, with the rescued crew, will reach the Soo tomorrow.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 19, 1909
     
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      RICHARDSON CANNOT BE RAISED THIS WINTER.
Capt. Alex. Cunning after the last wind storm, when the coffer dam that he had just completed for the second time was blown away, abandoned the attempt to raise the sunken steamer W. C. RICHARDSON for the winter and with the wrecker FAVORITE left for Outer Duck Island, Lake Huron to work on the steamer WISSAHICKON. Work on the RICHARDSON will be resumed in the spring.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, January 3, 1910

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Detroit, Mich., Jan. 7. - President Livingstone of the Lake Carriers' Association has been asked to have the lights re-lighted at Presque Isle, and Detour, to aid the wrecker FAVORITE en route from Cleveland to Outer Duck Island, Lake Huron, to assist the stranded WISSIHICKON, ashore at the latter point.
      As keepers of the light stations have left for the winter, the request cannot be granted. Local marine men are on the lookout for the wrecker which left Cleveland yesterday and is now fighting the ice in Lake Erie.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, January 7, 1910

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      Wrecker FAVORITE is Beaten Back by Ice.
After making a gallant fight with the ice from Buffalo to Cleveland and starting out from there to fight her way to the upper lakes, the wrecker FAVORITE, commanded by Capt. Alex. Cunning has been beaten back to Cleveland and will remain there until spring. Although the FAVORITE was able to force a way, the ice was so thick that Capt. Cunning was afraid she might damage her hull. She got as far as Colchester when she was force to turn back.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, January 11, 1910

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      STEAMER WISSAHICKON RELEASED AT LAST.
The steamer WISSAHICKON of the Anchor Line has been released from the rocks of Outer Duck Harbor, Lake Huron, where she has been fast since December 12. Two-thirds of her 400 ton cargo of package freight has been placed aboard the wrecker RELIANCE. The wreckers have been at work more than six weeks.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, February 10, 1910

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      REMOVING CARGO FROM WRECKED WISSAHICKON
J.C. Evans, district manager of the Anchor Line at Buffalo, is in Detroit supervising the removal of the cargo in the wrecked steamer WISSAHICKON. The work will take a week or more. The cargo on the lighter will not be unloaded rapidly for the reason that it cannot be handled as quickly as if it had been stowed.
      Buffalo Evening News
      April 6, 1910

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      WRECK ROBBERS MUST HAVE WORKED OVERTIME
      That the beach combers of Outer Duck Island must have been very busy last winter is the conclusion reached by the checkers who are watching the removal of cargo from the wrecked steamer WISSAHICKON at Detroit. So far it has been found that a whole case of axes is missing, shirts, dresses and almost everything that could be used in a home. The stuff stolen is valued at several thousand dollars.
      Buffalo Evening News
      April 8, 1910

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      It has been found that the bottom of the steamer WISSAHICKON, which was wrecked on Outer Duck Island, is badly damaged and extensive repairs will be made.
      Buffalo Evening News
      April 20, 1910

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      CHIEF ENGINEER WHO WAS MAROONED IN LAKE HURON, DEAD.
      Frederick Rehbaum, chief engineer on the Anchor Line steamer WISSAHICKON, passed away yesterday afternoon at his home, 152 Madison Street. Mr. Rehbaum's death was indirectly due to exposure sustained when the WISSAHICKON ran aground on Outer Duck Island, Lake Huron, last December, during one of the terrific blizzards at the close of navigation. The vessel and all on board were in grave peril for almost a week. The crew were finally taken off and the steamer released. [part]
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 6, 1910

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      ANCHOR LINE FREIGHTER READY FOR LAUNCHING.
      Manager J. C. Evans, Chief Engineer Charles J. Fox and other officials of the Anchor Line will leave for Detroit on Friday night to witness the launching of the new freighter which has been built at the Detroit yards. The company has decided to continue its policy of naming ships after streams in Pennsylvania, and the new boat will be christened the ALLEGHANY by Miss Thayer, daughter of John B. Thayer, President of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The ALLEGHANY follows the style of the MUNCY and is what is known as a 15,000 ton dead weight. The WISSAHICKON of the Anchor Line which was wrecked on Outer Duck Island last winter and has been undergoing repairs at Detroit is almost ready for sea again.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 6, 1910
     
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      WRECK PLUNDERERS WILL BE PUNISHED.
The Canadian authorities have begun proceedings to punish six men who are charged with stealing parts of the cargo of the steamer WISSAHICKON when she was wrecked on Outer Duck Island, Lake Huron, last winter. It is estimated that the thieves got away with goods to the value of $20,000.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 14, 1910
     
     
     
Steam screw WISSAHICKON. U. S. No. 204416. Of 4,062 gross tons; 3,104 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1907. Home port, Erie, Pa. 350.0 x 46.0 x 30.9 Crew of 27.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1913

     


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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1909
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McN.W.18145
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William R. McNeil
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Wissahickon (Propeller), U204416, aground, 14 Dec 1909