Eagle River Reef, a narrow strip on the end of the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan's projecting arm into Lake Superior, has furnished a remarkable coincidence in wrecks. The steamer COLORADO stranded there Monday, rests right on top of the wreck of the steamer H.S. PICKANDS, which was lost 4 years ago. Little hope of the COLORADO's saving is expected but her cargo of flour can be saved.
Port Huron Daily Times
Thursday, September 22, 1898
T.T. Wright of Port Huron, Managing owner of the COLORADO, returned yesterday from the wreck. He said that when the boat went ashore the smoke was so thick that it was impossible to see for any distance.
Houghton, Sept. 21. The COLORADO has been given up as a total loss. She is full of water to the main deck.
Chicago Inter Ocean
September 22, 1898
SIXTEEN SHIPS WRECKED ON DANGEROUS REEF.
Calumet, Mich., Oct. 27. - The wreck of the new steel steamer MORELAND on the Eagle River reef a week ago, is the sixteenth which has happened on the same spot in the past 16 years.
Among the losses which have occurred on the dangerous reef, were the steamer J. H. PICKANDS in 1894. The boat and cargo and one member of the crew went down. Two years later the steamer COLORADO was lost there, and later while the tug FERN was salvaging at the scene, it was lost with five of its crew.
There were many accidents of a minor nature and then came the stranding of the steamer URANUS. She was released but cost her owners $40,000 for repairs. Last August the steamer PATHFINDER with the barge SAGAMORE in tow, hit the rocks and another loss of nearly $50,000 was incurred. It is possible that the loss of the MORELAND will induce the Lake Carriers' Association to work for some kind of protection at the point.
Buffalo Evening News
October 27, 1910
Propeller COLORADO of 1470 tons. U. S. Number 4267. Built Buffalo 1867, stranded Eagle River Reef , Lake Superior, September 19, 1898. No lives lost.
Merchant Steam Vessels of the U.S.A.,
1790 to 1868 . Lytle-Holdcamper List.
Steam screw COLORADO. U. S. No. 4267. Of 1470.55 gross tons; 1321.78 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1867. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 254.6 x 35.0 x 13.0.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885