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Kingfisher (Schooner), U14032, collision, 6 Aug 1900


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AGROUND ON THE FONTANA WRECK.
      Schooner KINGFISHER Did Much Damage To Sunken Boat.
      LATTER LIES IN A VERY DANGEROUS POSITION
      WRECKING MEN ARE LOOKING OVER THE SITUATION.
Port Huron, August 5, -- The schooner KINGFISHER, a consort of the steamer SAMUEL MARSHALL, collided with the wreck of the schooner FONTANA in the channel at Fort Gratiot and went aground on it. The FONTANA's foremast and maintop were carried away by the KINGFISHER and much damage was done.
      The stern of the FONTANA is almost in the middle of the river and it will be a miricle if some down bound boat does not collide with it. The KINGFISHER was released by the tug BROCKWAY, and the MARSHALL, after several hour's work and left in tow of the steamer, apparently little damaged. The KINGFISHER was the second barge of the tow. The manager of the McMorran Wrecking Company was up today looking over the wreck with a view to making a bid for the job of raising the boat. The current is very rapid there and the task will be a heavy one.
      Detroit Free Press
      August 6, 1900



Port Huron, Mich., Aug. 6. -- The schooner KINGFISHER in tow of the steamer SAMUEL MARSHALL, collided with the wreck of the schooner FONTANA, which lies in the channel off Fort Gratiot. The FONTANA's foremast and maintop were carried away by the KINGFISHER, and much damage was done. The stern of the FONTANA lies almost in the middle of the river and it will be a miracle if some down bound boat does not collide with it. The KINGFISHER was released by the tug BROCKWAY and the MARSHALL, after several hours' work, and left in tow of the steamer, apparently but little damaged.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      August 7, 1900
     
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      The schooner KINGFISHER in tow of the steamer SAMUEL MARSHALL, collided on Monday with the wreck of the schooner FONTANA, which lies in the channel of Fort Gratiot. The FONTANA's foremast was carried away by the KINGFISHER, and other damage was done. The stern of the FONTANA lies almost in the middle of the river. Wrecking masters from Detroit and Port Huron are practically agreed that they do not want the job of raising her. And by reason of her location, she can hardly be raised except, perhaps, with pontoons. She lies just at the entrance to the rapids, a little to the Canadian side of the center of the channel, and some 200 feet below the lighthouse. Boats steering on the ranges will hit her. Boats having tows coming down stream are in constant danger of being thrown upon the wreck.
      Marine Record
      August 9, 1900

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
Date of Original:
1900
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McN.W.18931
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Kingfisher (Schooner), U14032, collision, 6 Aug 1900