The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Emplorer (Propeller), aground, 4 Jun 1947

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JUNE, 1947 - The 8,000 ton Canada Steamship Lines' freighter EMPORER, loaded with iron ore and bound from Port Arthur, Ontario to Ashtabula, sank at 4:10 A. M. June 4 after having struck the Canoe Rocks, near Isle Royale in Lake Superior. Twelve persons, including Captain E. Walkinshaw, lost their lives and 21 survivors were picked up by the coast guard cutter KIMBALL. The KIMBALL, which had been setting up navigation lights in the Isle Royale area, had received a distress signal from the EMPORER and had raced to the scene, but the ore carrier already had disappeared.
Later it was determined that the freighter had broken in two at the No. 10 hatch. The forward section settled in 64 feet of water' with only her mast and the roof of her pilot house showing above water. Divers tried in vain to locate the aft section of the ship, which was believed to have slipped off the rocks into deeper water.
      Inland Seas
      July 1947 p. 188

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Reason: aground
Lives: 12
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 48.19737 Longitude: -88.49868
William R. McNeil
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Emplorer (Propeller), aground, 4 Jun 1947