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Christopher (Propeller), collision, 15 Aug 1916


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      HEROIC ACTION SAVES CREW OF SINKING VESSEL.
      Small Coal Steamer Rammed And Sunk In Fog.
      CHRISTOPHER SINKS TOPEKA.
      Capt. Wright And Crew Do Great Rescue Work.
      Detroit, Mich., Aug. 15. - The TOPEKA, a small coat boat, was rammed by the steamer CHRISTOPHER in the Detroit River off Sandwich, Ont., early today. The TOPEKA sank in forty feet of water after the crew had been rescued.
      The TOPEKA is owned by the Lake Shore Steamship Co, of Milwaukee. The CHRISTOPHER is the property of D. Sullivan & Co. of Chicago.
      The crew of the TOPEKA had narrow escapes, and some of them would have been drowned but for the quick work of Capt. Wright of the CHRISTOPHER and members of his crew. They lowered their boats with wonderful speed, and worked like heroes in their efforts to save the men off the coal boat. That they succeeded in getting all hands safely aboard the CHRISTOPHER is considered wonderfully fortunate, for there was a heavy fog on the river at the time and the boat could be seen with difficulty by the crew of the Sullivan boat.
      Some of the sailors of the TOPEKA were taken out of the water, and some jumped into boats just before the little ship took her final dive. The accident caused plenty of excitement in the river, for there was a rumor quickly circulated that several men had been drowned.
      The CHRISTOPHER is a steel ship, 445 feet long, of 48 feet beam, and a carrying capacity of 6,400 tons. The TOPEKA is a wooden steamer, 228 feet long, 36 feet beam, and 2,100 tons carrying capacity.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 16, 1916


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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Damaged ?
Date of Original:
1916
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Local identifier:
McN.W.18259
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.28318 Longitude: -83.05925
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Christopher (Propeller), collision, 15 Aug 1916