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Progress (Lighter), U150205, aground, 1 May 1911

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      Lighter PROGRESS Went Ashore In Storm On Lake Erie.
      Ashtabula, O., May 3. - Driven ashore by the 70-mile northwest gale that swept Lake Erie, the 300 foot wooden lighter PROGRESS, with eight men aboard, was in danger of going to pieces on a sandbar, 300 yards off shore, five miles east of this harbor.
      The PROGRESS, owned by Gilles Dock, Dredge & Construction Co., left Conneaut about 6 P. M. Monday, in tow of the tug JOHN LEATHEM. The tow line parted and the tug came to Ashtabula for another line, while the PROGRESS threw out anchors. They failed to hold and the lighter drifted on the sandbar.
      The Ashtabula kife-savers, under command of Capt. C.W. Anderson, took their lifeboat to the shore near the PROGRESS, and stood by ready to go to the rescue of the lighter's crew.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, May 3, 1911

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      Several Inches Below Normal In This Port This Morning.
      Vessels Grounding All Over The Lakes.
      That capable ally of spring gales, low water, has been much in evidence all over the lakes this spring, and the number of vessels aground increases every day. The steamer J.J.H. BROWN of Buffalo, coal-laden from Toledo to Milwaukee, went hard aground on the Limekilm crossing on Tuesday night and a considerable part of her cargo is being lightered for her release. The SCOTTISH HERO struck at the entrance to Midland harbor yesterday morning and was badly damaged. The lighter PROGRESS, the KATE E. HOWARD and the CRESCENT CITY had narrow escapes in the storm, and the WILLIAM A. PINE which went aground on the newly discovered shoal at the intersection of the St. Clair Flats canal range and the Isle Aux Peches range and it will be seen that this spring has been a fairly exciting one on the Great Lakes.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, May 4, 1911

Steam screw PROGRESS. U. S. No. 150205. Of 1596.20 tons gross; 1309.95 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1880. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 255.0 x 37.0 x 19.8.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885
Barge PROGRESS. U. S. No. 150205. Of 844 tons gross; 844 tons net Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1880. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911

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Reason: aground
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Remarks: Got off
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.86505 Longitude: -80.78981
William R. McNeil
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Progress (Lighter), U150205, aground, 1 May 1911