Emperor (Propeller), C126654, sunk, 18 Oct 1911
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SUNKEN STEAMER BLOCKS NAVIGATION
Wreck of Canadian Steamer EMPEROR Causing Trouble at Lock at Sault Ste. Marie.
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Oct. 18. -- The big Canadian steamer EMPEROR is a wreck at the lower entrance of the Canadian lock here today, practically blocking navigation.
The EMPEROR is the largest Canadian steamer on the lakes. She was bound for Midland from Fort William, her cargo consisting of 310,000 bushels of wheat.
Capt. George Pearson of the steamer said: "I was not on the bast at the time of the accident, the steamer being temporarily in charge of the first mate. It is usual for a steamer leaving the lock to give a sharp blast, indicating to the canal crew that all is in readiness for the flood. In this case the flood was forced. As soon as the gates were opened the force of the water parted the lines of the steamer, causing her to leave the canal at high speed. The mate ordered an anchor dropped. The water at this point was not sufficiently deep to override the anchor, with the result that it was hit by the steamer and tore a hole in her bottom."
Buffalo Evening News
Wednesday, October 18, 1911
Steam screw EMPEROR. Official Canada No. 126654. Of 7.031 tons gross; 4,641 tons Reg. Built Collingwood, Ont., 1910. Home port, Midland, Ont. 525.0 x 56.1 x 27.0 Of 199 horsepower. Owned by Canada Steamship Lines, of Montreal, Que.
List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1920
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- William R. McNeil
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