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City of Duluth (Propeller), U125278, aground, 26 Jan 1898


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THIRTY PEOPLE SAVED FROM DEATH
      Safely Landed From The Steamer CITY OF DULUTH, Now A Wreck.
      Big Boat Went Ashore Off St. Joseph, Michigan, In A Terrific Gale.
      Chicago, Jan. 27. - A telegram received by the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior Transportation Company, owners of the steamer CITY OF DULUTH, which went ashore in a gale off St. Joseph, Mich., last night, says that the passengers and crew of the steamer, numbering 30 altogether, were safely landed at 5 A. M. today.
      The tremendous seas running made it impossible for tug boats to get near the steamer, but the life-saving crew finally succeeded in shooting a rope to the vessel and sent out the breeches, and the passengers and crew were slowly, one by one, and with much difficulty, brought to shore.
      The CITY OF DULUTH lies on a sand bar about 150 feet from shore. It is believed she will be a total loss.
      The spot where the CITY OF DULUTH struck is the same dangerous sand bar at the mouth of the harbor on which it is supposed the ill-fated CHICORA and its hapless crew went down three years ago, almost to a day. It is one of the most dangerous and dreaded spots on the east shore.
      Mrs. William Tyron, one of the ladies rescued, is dying from the effects of the exposure, being badly frozen in the passage from the wrecked vessel to the dock.
      ALSO
OATS BROKE HER TO PIECES. Detroit, Mich., Jan. 27. - A special to the Associated Press from Benton Harbor says the steamer CITY OF DULUTH, wrecked off St. Joseph early this morning, now lies broken lengthwise through the center by the heavy sea.
      She afterwards fell to pieces by the swelling of her cargo of oats. The steamer and cargo were valued at $100,000, with insurance of $70,000 on steamer and $10,000 on cargo.
      Among the 40 passengers, including the crew, all of whom were saved by the life-saving crew, were three women, one an invalid and another aged 75.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, January 27, 1898

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The steamer CITY OF DULUTH, with a cargo of grain, which arrived at St. Joseph from South Chicago Wednesday night, struck the bar at the mouth of the harbor. The stranded steamer is in a helpless condition. The tugs are unable to release her because the water is shallow on the bar. A dispatch today says the boat is broken in two and is going to pieces.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, January 27, 1898
     
     
The stranded steam CITY OF DULUTH, which went ashore on the bar at St, Joseph last Wednesday has been abandoned to the insurance Co.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, January 31, 1898
     

      Benton Harbor, Jan. 26. - The CITY OF DULUTH is lying on a sand bar in a hazardous position off St. Joseph. The life savers trying to remove those on board with the 'Breeches Buoy'. There are 10 passengers and 20 crew. She is 300 feet from the North Point and on the opposite side from the city. Capt. McLain tried to make the harbor, but in the gale the boat veered and struck the sand bar, where she lay all night. The tugs PROTECTION and MORFORD are trying to help.
      Chicago Inter-Ocean
      January 27, 1898

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      A special from Benton Harbor says that the steamer CITY OF DULUTH, wrecked off of St. Joseph early this morning, was broken lengthwise through the center by the heavy sea. She afterwards fell to pieces by the swelling of her cargo of oats. The steamer and cargo were valued at $100,000 with insurance on $70,000 on the steamer and $10,000 on the cargo. Among the forty passengers, including the crew, all whom were saved by the life saving crew, were three women, one an invalid and another aged 77.
      Bowling Green Newspaper Scrapbooks
      January 27, 1898

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St. Joseph, Jan. 29. - The CITY OF DULUTH has been abandoned.
      Chicago Inter-Ocean
      January 30, 1898

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St. Joseph, January 31. - The CITY OF DULUTH went to pieces in the heavy sea last night.
      Chicago Inter-Ocean
      February 2, 1898

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The wrecked steamer CITY OF DULUTH went to pieced during the furious gale between 10:30 and 11:30 o'clock. At 10:30 in the morning the smokestack of the CITY OF DULUTH and a portion of the cabin amidships were washed away. The rest was washed away by 11:30, the pilot house and spar being the last to go.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, February 2, 1898
     

      Work has been commenced on the removal of the wreck of the steamer CITY OF DULUTH in the harbor entrance at St. Joseph. Capt. Jex with the wrecking schooner JUDD last week secured the engine and boiler. It is anticipated that the entire summer will be required for the removal of the wreck.
      Marine Review
      May 11, 1899
     

St. Joseph, May 30. The wreckers have raised part of starboard side and one of the big arches of the CITY OF DULUTH which lies sunk at the harbor entrance. These with the engines and boilers were towed two miles down the lake and sunk. Only one tenth of the wreck remains.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      May 31, 1899
     

The last section of the wrecked steamer CITY OF DULUTH has been removed from the harbor entrance at St. Joseph, Mich.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, August 23, 1899


steam screw CITY OF DULUTH. U. S. No. 125278. Of 1310.41 tons gross; 912..6 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich., 1874. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 202.0 x 36.0 x 13.1 Of 500 nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891
     


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: oats
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1898
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Local identifier:
McN.W.19320
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.10976 Longitude: -86.48002
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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City of Duluth (Propeller), U125278, aground, 26 Jan 1898