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Yuma (Propeller), U27655, collision, 21 Sep 1900

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Barge MARTIN Sunk By The Steamer YUMA In The St. Clair Rapids.
      Port Huron, Sept. 21. - The barge MARTIN, in tow of the steamer MAURICE P. GROVER, was sunk in the rapids at the entrance to the St. Clair River tonight, by the straight-back steamer YUMA, and Capt. John Lawless, of Lorain; Wm. Ross, mate, of Toledo; Mrs. Bacon, cook, of Toledo; and one sailor, whose name is unknown, are missing. Gabriel Peterson, of Cleveland, Walter Wendel and Rudolph See, of Cleveland and George Kyle, of Toledo, members of the crew, were saved. The YUMA was bound up, and the GROVER and MARTIN bound down, loaded with iron ore. The accident occurred just below the sunken wreck of the schooner FONTANA. The YUMA crashed into the starboard side of the MARTIN at the fore-rigging, and the MARTIN went down like a stone. Peterson and Kyle made a rush for the mizzen mast, and were on it when it broke off.
      Navigation through the channel is completely blocked. Tugs are out in Lake Huron notifying down-bound boats to anchor. Kyle said when interviewed after being picked up; "I saw the YUMA sheer, and Paterson and I, who were at the wheel, rushed up into the rigging. The mast broke and we sank. I don't thing anyone else was saved."
The MARTIN and the FONTANA lie close together, and one or both of the wrecks will have to be blown up in order to clear the channel.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      September 22, 1900

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The steel steamer YUMA sunk the schooner JOHN MARTIN in the St. Clair River, near this port on Friday night. Capt. James Lawless, mate, William Ross, Mrs. Bacon and an un-known-named sailor were drowned in the casualty. Marine Report, Port Huron
      Marine Record
      September 27, 1900
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      Judge Hazel of Buffalo has rendered a decision in the admiralty action of george Stone et al, libelants against the steamer YUMA and the Wilson Transit Co. The action grew out of the loss of the schooner JOHN MARTIN which was sunk in a collision with the YUMA in the St. Clair River on Sept. 21, 1900. Judge Hazel holds that the collision was due to concurrent negligence on both the crews of the YUMA and the JOHN MARTIN.
      Marine Record
      September 11, 1902

Steam screw YUMA. U. S. No. 27655. Of 2194 gross tons; 1828 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1893. Home port, Cleveland, O. 322.8 x 42.2 x 18.9 Steel built.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1901

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Yuma (Propeller), U27655, collision, 21 Sep 1900