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John Sharples (Propeller), U77587, aground, 8 Dec 1910

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Probably a Total Loss.
The steel steamer, JOHN SHARPLES, which went ashore at Galloup Island, Dec. 8, and was abandoned to the underwriters, will probably be a total loss. She was owned by the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Company and was insured for $86,000.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, January 12, 1911

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      Steamer Pulled Off The Rocks By Baker & Reid, Coming To Buffalo.
      The steamer SHARPLES was pulled off the rocks yesterday and will be brought to Buffalo for repairs. The dispatches from Oswego which announced the release of the stranded and abandoned vessel include this fact in their statement and it is understood that the Baker & Reid Wrecking Company which undertook the work of removing her from the rocks will temporarily repair the craft in Cape Vincent harbor where she is now lying and will then tow her to Buffalo where work will be commenced on her in the Buffalo drydock.
      Reports made by the wrecking company show that her stern is badly damaged, the smokestack down and the deckhouse wrecked. It was necessary for the company to jettison her cargo consisting of 5000 bushels of corn before the boat could be released. Turbine pumps dumped the water out of the craft and she was pulled into deep water by the steamers HINCKLEY, McCORMICK and the tug REID. According to the agreement the wrecking company was to receive no compensation for the job if they were not successful in releasing the SHARPLES.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, April 28, 1911

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      The steamer JOHN SHARPLES which went aground on Galloup Islands in Lake Ontario has been offered for sale at Garden Island, Kingston, Ont. Bids will be received up until June 16.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, June 2, 1911

The Reid & Baker Wrecking Company has bought the wrecked steamer JOHN SHARPLES from the underwriters. The vessel was abandoned by the owners as a total loss some time ago. The purchase was not made known, but it is said to be about $25,000. The wrecking Company is said to have a claim against the vessel for releasing her from the rocks on lake Ontario.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, November 28, 1911
Steam screw JOHN SHARPLES. U. S. No. 77587. Of 1614 gross tons; 919 tons net. Built West Superior, Wis., 1903. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 255.0 x 41.0 x 18.0 Passenger service. Crew of 16. Of 900 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1906

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Reason: aground
Freight: corn
Remarks: Got off
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    Latitude: 43.90562 Longitude: -76.41633
William R. McNeil
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John Sharples (Propeller), U77587, aground, 8 Dec 1910