The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Matoa (Propeller), aground

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One of the more difficult tasks began while the storm was at its worst. The FAVORITE was called to assist the MATOA which was loaded with a capacity cargo of coal, upbound from Toledo to Hancock, Michigan. When the vessel was in mid Lake Huron off Sturgeon Point, she began to run into difficulty. After many hours of intense pounding, during which her cabins were demolished, she was blown toward shore and stranded. For two days the FAVORITE clammed coal out of her depths in an effort to free her and thus prevent complete destruction. Throughout this effort the storm continued to rage. Finally the wreckers had to give up and, taking the crew off the stricken ship, headed toward other errands of mercy. The vessel was later raised, however, and it was stated that had the FAVORITE not given her the first aid she did that the MATOA would have been damaged beyond repair.
      "G" The Great Lakes Towing Co.
      Meakin, p. 151

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Reason: aground
Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
Date of Publication:
22 Oct 1885
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.71362 Longitude: -83.26997
William R. McNeil
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Matoa (Propeller), aground