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Fern (Propeller), collision, 1 Sep 1897

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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 four and the schooner had six men. She is now here for repair.
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      September 8, 1897

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Freight: dynamite ?
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.98339 Longitude: -82.93314
William R. McNeil
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Fern (Propeller), collision, 1 Sep 1897