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John Craig (Propeller), U76729, aground, 1 Jun 1903

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Word was received at Cleveland yesterday by J.C. Gilchrist, owner of the stranded propeller JOHN CRAIG, that a bulkhead would have to be built between the first and second hatches of the boat before the water can be pumped out of her. She is still on the reef.
      Buffalo Evening News
      June 30, 1903

That the propeller JOHN CRAIG, stranded on Simmon's Reef, will be a total loss is considered certain owing to the high northwest winds blowing in that vicinity. The boat has been stranded almost a week and wreckers have not been able to help her. The vessel is valued at $60,000, and the loss of her cargo of corn was almost total. It is expected the loss will exceed $100,000.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 2, 1903

The propeller JOHN CRAIG will leave St. Ignace tonight in tow of the wrecker FAVORITE for Port Huron. Most of the water has been pumped out of the CRAIG and it is thought she will be able to use some of her own power.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, July 18, 1903
Hope has been abandoned by J.C. Golchrist, owner of the propeler JOHN CRAIG, of saving the steamer, which stranded on Simmons reef 10 days ago. It is expected she will be a total loss from an insurance viewpoint, even if released.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 7, 1903

      Escanaba, Mich. April 29. -- The steamer PANAMA loading iron ore here is in serious trouble and may not be able to sail for some time. As the PANAMA was being loaded the vessel sprang a leak which was so serious that she came near sinking at the dock. Pumps were set to work to keep the vessel afloat. The steamer is drawing 19 feet aft and but 13 feet forward. The shippers refuse to let the boat sail with a cargo until some guarantee is given as to her seaworthiness. The PANAMA was formerly the JOHN CRAIG, which was wrecked in the Straits and rebuilt.
      Buffalo Evening News
      April 29, 1905
Steam screw JOHN CRAIG. U. S. No. 76729. Of 2044 gross tons; 1596 tons net. Built Trenton, Mich., 1888. Home port, Cleveland, O. 275.0 x 41.6 x 20.4 Crew of 16. Of 1,000 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1903

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: corn
Remarks: Rebuilt as PANAMA
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.7667787936042 Longitude: -85.1556956933593
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John Craig (Propeller), U76729, aground, 1 Jun 1903