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City of Cleveland III (Propeller), explosion, 20 Oct 1954

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      October 1954 - The CITY OF CLEVELAND III was to have been turned from a luxury liner into a crane barge for work on the St. Lawrence Seaway. On the 20th while docked in the Detroit River in front of the Windsor, Ontario, city dump, 30 men were engaged in dismantling her when a series of explosions caused by oxygen and acetylene tanks ignited the 10,000 ton ship from stem to stern and set the city dump afire. Flames left only the ship's warped steel hull protruding 12 feet above the water. The CITY OF CLEVELAND III had not sailed since June 25, 1950, when she collided with a freighter off Harbor Beach in Lake Huron, causing the death of five of her passengers on a Chamber of Commerce cruise from Benton Harbor. Her latest owners were the Ventimiglia Demolition Company of Detroit, Michigan.
Inland Seas
      Winter 1954 p. 286

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.30008 Longitude: -83.01654
William R. McNeil
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City of Cleveland III (Propeller), explosion, 20 Oct 1954