The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Fern (Propeller), collision, 3 Sep 1897

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Amherstburg, Sept. 4 - The stm. FERN, which has been stationed with a light on the wreck of the sunken stm. GRAND TRAVERSE, off Colchester Light, was run into by the schr. PORTER last night and had her smokestack and cabin carried away, and her hull cut down to the water's edge. The FERN is now in drydock and the GRAND TRAVERSE wreck is without a light tonight.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 4, 1897 3-1

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      It is said that the little wrecking steamer FERN had 100 pounds of dynamite aboard when she was run down by the big schooner PORTER, and that it is a miracle that all on both boats were not blown into kingdom come. The FERN was at work blowing up the remnants of the GRAND TRAVERSE wreck, off Colchester. The damage to the FERN is considerable, and had the blow been struck a few feet further to port, all would have been off. The FERN had 4 and the schooner had 6 men. She is now here for repair. ( Detroit ? )
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      September 8, 1897

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.933333 Longitude: -82.893055
William R. McNeil
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Fern (Propeller), collision, 3 Sep 1897