The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Walschiff (Freighter), sunk by collision, 2 Oct 1954

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      WALSCHIFF was a German motor ship of 882 t., built in 1954 at Lubeck, Germany. On October 2, 1954, on one of her very first voyages, she was rammed amidships by the Great Lakes ore carrier PIONEER in a mixup of passing signals, rolled over on her beam end and sunk. One crewman died in the incident, which occurred at the head of the St. Clair R., where Lake Huron empties into it. Though she was heavily damaged, she was brand new and worthwhile to salvage. She was raised and patched, then towed all the way back to Germany for repairs.

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 1
Remarks: raised
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.97086 Longitude: -82.42491
William R. McNeil
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Walschiff (Freighter), sunk by collision, 2 Oct 1954