The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
S. J. Tilden (Barge), U23761, aground, 12 Nov 1911

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Barge Wrecked At Erie.
Erie. -- Lashed about by the storm that broke over the city Sunday afternoon, causing the mercury to fall 52 degrees, the lumber barge SAMUEL J. TILDEN of Chicago, lies today a total wreck upon a sunken pier in the bay here. The barge was at anchor near the public dock when the storm struck. For a while she rode anchor and then a tug got a line to her, but was unable to stop the craft and she drifted up on the submerged pier, where she rocked for an hour or more and then settled down. The life saving crew hurried to aid the men on board the TILDEN but they refused to leave their vessel. A peculiar feature of the storm was the rapid rise of the water in the bay. In an incredibly short time it was within two inches of the top of the public dock, having risen about five feet. Six inches of snow fell.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, November 13, 1911

Schooner S.J. TILDEN. U. S. No. 23761. Of 613 tons gross; 582 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1869. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 172.0 x 32.0 x 13.4 Crew of 6.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1909

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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S. J. Tilden (Barge), U23761, aground, 12 Nov 1911