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Empire City (Propeller), U136623, 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

      Cleveland, Aug., 4. - The steamer EMPIRE CITY, which was in collision with the steamer SIERRA Monday morning, arrived yesterday morning in tow of the steamer ZENITH CITY. The EMPIRE CITY went to the shipyard after discharging her ore cargo, and it will take a week or ten days to make repairs.
      The steamer SIERRA is being repaired at Lorain, and will be out of commission about ten days. She has eighteen damaged plates and a broken quadrant.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 5, 1916

Steam screw EMPIRE CITY.* U. S. No. 136623. Of 4118 gross tons. Built Cleveland, O., 1897. 405.4 x 48.0 x 24.4. * Renamed SUMATRA - U. S. - 1929
      Herman Runge List

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.61837 Longitude: -82.53102
William R. McNeil
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Empire City (Propeller), U136623, collision, 31 Jul 1916