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
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
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No further word was received yesterday at the Cleveland Tug Co.'s office concerning the COLONEL COOK, which went aground at Avon Pt., on Sunday. The weather was such that it was useless to try to do anything towards reaching the COOK, and therefore the L.P. and J.A. Smith, the owners, did not go to Lorain at all yesterday, nor did anyone communicate with them about their boat. Neither did Capt. J.W. Moore receive any further word concerning the stm. JAMES PICKANDS, of which he is part owner, and which went ashore Friday night, on Eagle River reef, Lake Superior.
A dispatch from Lorain says that the COLONEL COOK broke in two during the night. She was on in 11 ft. of water. all that is left of her is a portion of the bow and stern sticking out of the water.
September 25, 1894 8-1
Tonnage losses from collision and recent storms will not materially affect the carrying capacity of the lake fleet. Take, for instance, total losses of the past two weeks, which include the steamers JAMES PICKANDS and OHIO and the schooners IRONTON and WM. HOME. One new steel freight steamer like the I.W. NICHOLAS, recently built by the Cleveland Ship Building Company, would carry in a season as much as four boats that were lost.
The Marine Review
October 11, 1894
Steam screw H.S. PICKANDS. U. S. No. 95836. Of 625 tons gross; 505 tons net. Built Grand Haven, Mich., 1884. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 181.4 x 32.5 x 13.4 Passenger service. Crew of 13. Of 500 indicated horsepower.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1913