The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Denver (Propeller), collision, 22 Aug 1900

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Detroit, Aug. 22. - The steamer SPECULAR, bound from Marquette for Cleveland with iron ore, sank at 3 o'clock this morning off Point Pelee, Lake Erie, the result of colliding with an unknown vessel described as a large black freighter. The latter passed on up in the darkness after the collision. Thirteen men of the SPECULAR's crew escaped in their small boats. The other five perched in the topmast rigging, which protruded above water. Later they were picked up by the steamer MARITANA and brought to Detroit.
      Detroit, Aug. 22. - It has been ascertained that the steamer which collided with the SPECULAR and sank her is the DENVER, owned by W.E. Fitzgerald, of Milwaukee. The identity of the steamer was not established until late this afternoon, when the DENVER arrived at Port Huron with her bows stove in. Captain P. Christenson, who commands the DENVER, admitted that his vessel had struck a steamer coming across Lake Erie, but said he had not thought the other boat was damaged to such an extent that there was any possibility of her sinking.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      August 23, 1900

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
William R. McNeil
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Denver (Propeller), collision, 22 Aug 1900