The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sierra (Propeller), U203757, collision, 31 Jul 1916

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      According to a dispatch from Detroit another collision, in which downbound boats figured, occurred in the St. Clair River at Algonac at 2 o'clock yesterday morning, and the damage will be very heavy. Just how the collision occurred was not learned, but according to reports the steamer SIERRA, which had been at anchor, was under way only a short time when the steamer EMPIRE CITY, with the barge CARRINGTON in tow, hit her.
      Both the steamers lost their rudders. When they came together the barge CARRINGTON rammed the EMPIRE CITY and stove in her stern. The stern of the SIERRA was stove in for quite a distance by the EMPIRE CITY and the bow of the latter steamer was badly damaged.
      The CARRINGTON suffered little damage and she was picked up by the steamer PENTECOST MITCHELL and towed to Toledo, where she will discharge her ore cargo. The EMPIRE CITY and the CARRINGTON are owned by the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., and the SIERRA is operated by the Inter-Ocean Steamship Co., G. A. Tomlison of Duluth, manager.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 1, 1916

Steam screw SIERRA. U. S. No. 203757. of 4,846 tons gross; 4,287 tons net. Built Toledo, Ohio, 1906. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 438.7 x 52.0 x 23.9 Freight service. Crew of 25. Of 1,250 indicated horsepower. Steel built.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.61837 Longitude: -82.53102
William R. McNeil
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Sierra (Propeller), U203757, collision, 31 Jul 1916