The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Charles S. Price (Propeller), U207539, capsized, 8 Nov 1913

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      The wrecking steamer FAVORITE of the Great Lakes Towing Co. arrived at Port Huron Tuesday afternoon. The big wrecker will be stationed at that port for some time and will assist in the work of raising the steamer CHARLES S. PRICE, which turned turtle about eleven miles above Port Huron in the big storm in November 1913.
      The wreckers will make an examination of the steamer PRICE during the next few days if the weather if favorable. The Great Lakes Towing Co.'s big steel pontoon will be used on the job.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 8, 1916

      Port Huron, June 18. - Capt. Alex Cunning, wrecking master of the Great Lakes Towing Co., succeeded in bringing the bow of the overturned steamer CHARLES S. PRICE to the surface at noon Saturday. About 150 feet of her is out of water. She will be left in position until wrecking pontoons arrive from Cleveland the fore part of the week. Favorable weather has aided considerably in the work so far.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 19, 1916

      Capt. Alex. Cunning of the wrecking tug FAVORITE said yesterday that he hoped with favorable weather to have the wreck of the overturned steamer PRICE in shoal water by Sunday. Cunning says that some of the reports circulated about the overturned steamer are incorrect, especially the one which stated that she had been in collision.
      The anchors and chains of the PRICE have been recovered, and Capt. Cunning believes the anchors were cut before she went over. The divers have reported that there is a break in the side of the hull and that the stern is damaged where it struck and dragged on the bottom.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 23, 1916


      Port Huron, Mich., July 11. - Work has resumed on the wreck of the steamer CHARLES S. PRICE this afternoon by Capt. Alex Cunning and his wrecking crew after several days delay due to bad weather. The work now being done is preliminary to the big wrecking task, which will be undertaken within the next week.
      The forward end of the steamer is raised and lowered at will, and the fact that people who visited the scene in small boats did not see the steamer on the surface has given rise to rumors that the work has been abandoned and that the wreck had gone down again.
      As a matter of fact, practically all the present work is being done under water. A hole has been cut through the hull aft to enable the divers to enter to patch the breaks, close doors and construct bulkheads to retain the air.
      It is expected this work will take at least two weeks. Special wrecking equipment is being made ready in Cleveland but will not be brought to this port, according to Capt. Cunning, until everything is in readiness for it. Compressed air is to be used to float the wreck and if this plan fails another will be tried. It is an easy matter to float the forward end at present and the divers are now endeavoring to control the air in the stern.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 12, 1916

      According to a notice just issued by President William Livingstone of the Lake Carriers' Association, the wrecking tug FAVORITE will for the present remain constantly alongside the wreck of the steamer CHARLES S. PRICE, which lies at the lower end of Lake Huron, about nine and a quarter miles from Fort Gratiot light, weather permitting. During foggy days the FAVORITE will sound five blasts of her whistle at the usual intervals.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 26, 1916


      Capt. Cunning of the wrecking tug FAVORITE has about given up hope of being able to raise the overturned steamer CHARLES S. PRICE from the bottom of Lake Huron.
      Capt. Cunning says it would cost a fortune to raise the wreck, and then it would be nothing more than a heap of junk. She went down in the big gale of November 9 to 11, 1913, when several other vessels were lost.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 29, 1916

      Word comes from Port Huron that Capt. J. T. Reid of Reid Brothers may undertake to salvage the wreck of the steamer CHARLES S. PRICE, which job was given up last week by Capt. Alex Cunning of the big wrecking tug FAVORITE. Capt. Reid is the man who succeeded in floating the lightship lost off Point Abino in 1913, and last year he brought her into Buffalo harbor.
      It is understood that one of Reid's divers has been down and made an examination of the wreck of the PRICE, but Capt. Reid has not yet made any statement as to whether or not he may try to bring up the PRICE. He has done some wonderful fine wrecking jobs, and it will not be surprising if Capt. Reid tackles the PRICE.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 1, 1916

      Port Huron, Mich., Aug. 21. - All reports that further efforts to salvage the steamer CHARLES S. PRICE are to be made by another wrecking concern this season have been set at rest by the statement of a responsible vessel-man that the Great Lakes Towing & Wrecking company, which has the contract for salvaging the PRICE, has one year to complete the work. Unless the company throws up the contract no other concern can attempt the job this season. Wrecking operations on the PRICE were abandoned several weeks ago. Capt. Alex Cunning, wrecking master of the Great Lakes Company, asserted that the PRICE is now only a mass of junk.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 23, 1916

      The work of floating the steamer CHARLES S. PRICE, which turned turtle in Lake Huron in the big storm of Nov. 1913, is about to be started by the American Salvage Co., New York. G.W. Sissons will be in charge of the work. The steamer BROKATE of the United Fuel & Supply Co., Detroit, has been chartered by the wreckers and is being fitted up with air compressors and dynamos.
      Marine Review
      November 1918 520-2

      CHARLES S. PRICE, 1910 Lorain, Ohio. Steel bulk freighter, 524 x 54, Mahoning Steamship Co., M. A. Hanna & Co., mar. Lost in Lake Huron, approximately 8 miles north of Port Huron, with all hands, 27 men and 1 woman. Capt. W. M Black, Chief Eng. John Groundwader. Cargo, coal. This vessel along with numerous others were total losses in the Great Storm of 1913 which ravaged the lakes from November 7 through November 9. (Information taken from Telescope Magazine, November 1963, pages 247-253.)

Steam screw CHARLES S. PRICE. U. S. No. 207539. Of 6,322 tons gross. Built 1910. On November 9, 1913 vessel foundered on Lower Lake Huron, with 28 persons on board. 28 lives were lost.
      Loss Reported Of American Vessels
      Merchant Vessel List, 1914

Steam screw CHARLES S. PRICE. U. S. No. 207539. Of 6,322 tons gross; 4,901 tons net. Built Lorain, Ohio, 1910. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 5040 x 54. 0 x 30.0 Steel built. Crew of 20. Of 1,760 indicated horsepower. Freight service.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911

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Lives: 27
Freight: coal
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Charles S. Price (Propeller), U207539, capsized, 8 Nov 1913