The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Pearl (Steamboat), U150032, aground, 7 Jul 1900
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Buffalo, July 7. - The large passenger steamer PEARL, running as an excursion boat from Crystal Beach to Buffalo, is reported to have been driven on a reef on the Canadian shore by a furious storm which swept in from the lake this evening. The PEARL was making her last trip from the beach, and is supposed to have on board several hundred excursionists. The tug office was notified, and two tugs attempted to go to the rescue of the PEARL, but both were unable to breast the heavy seas, and were driven back to port.
      A message from Crystal Beach at 2 o'clock says the PEARL went aground as she was leaving her dock. Of the 900 passengers on board 700 had been taken ashore when the message was sent, and there was no doubt that others would be landed without difficulty. It is thought that the steamer can be floated, and that her damage will not be extensive.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      July 8, 1900

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      Steam paddle PEARL. U. U. No. 150032. Of 551 tons gross; 405 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1875. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 177.0 x 28.8 x 10.0 Of 400 Nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.86382 Longitude: -79.05865
William R. McNeil
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Pearl (Steamboat), U150032, aground, 7 Jul 1900