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A. L. Hopkins (Propeller), U105937, sunk, 2 Oct 1911

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      Duluth, Oct. 4. -- The steamer A.L. HOPKINS, loaded with lumber and waterlogged, is adrift on Lake Superior, directly in the path of vessels boud to and from the head of the lake. The boat has been abandoned by her crew. Capt. Hunt of the DINKEY picked up the crew of the water-filled craft at 8 o'clock this morning. All vessel-men have been notified by the government officials to be on a sharp lookout.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, October 4, 1911
      HOPKINS SIGHTED The abandoned steamer A.L. HOPKINS, the derlict lumber hooker, which has for the past week been waterlogged and drifting in the course of vessels between Ashland and Keweena Point, has been sighted by the Captain and crew of the steamer WINNIPEG of the Frontier Transit Company. James H. Darling, principal engineer under Maj. F.R. Shunk in the government engineer's Corps in Duluth, this morning, ordered the government yacht VIDETTE to go in search of the wrecked steamer and remove the HOPKINS from the course of vessels.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, October 13, 1911
Duluth, Minn., Oct. 17. -- The derelict HOPKINS is on the bottom of lake Superior, about 60 miles off Michigan Island, on the course between Eagle River and La Pointe, and is no longer a menace to navigation, according to Commander Eaton of the Minnesota training ship GOPHER.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, October 16, 1911
      The finding of a part of the cargo which had been stored in the hold of the derelict lumber steamer A. L. HOPKINS, has convinced Guy A. Eaton, commander of the United States training ship GOPHER, that the abandoned boat has sunk.
The GOPHER returned to Duluth last evening after searching for a second time for the derelict. Wreckage found yesterday, according to Mr. Eaton, goes to show conclusively that the boat in not afloat.
Capt. Eaton say's that the GOPHER will not go out again to hunt for the derelict, regardless of whether there are any more reports brought in by steamers sighting her or not. It is probable that the VIDETTE will also abandon any further search for the steamer.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, October 24, 1911

Steam screw A.L. HOPKINS. U. S. No. 105937. Of 639 tons gross. Built 1880. On October 2, 1911, vessel foundered off Ontonagon, Mich., with 13 persons on board. No lives lost.
      Loss Reported of American Vessels
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1912

Steam screw A.L. HOPKINS. U. S. No. 105937. Of 639 tons gross; 500 tons net. Built 1880 at Marine City, Mich. Home port, Cape Vincent, N.Y. 174.0 x 31.5 x 12.0 Of 450 indicated horse-power. Crew of 12.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911

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Reason: sunk
Freight: lumber
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.87105 Longitude: -89.31403
William R. McNeil
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A. L. Hopkins (Propeller), U105937, sunk, 2 Oct 1911