STEAMER F. W. HART ON ROCKS AT MACKINAC ISLAND.
Mackinac Island, May 3. - During the heavy fog last evening the steamer F. W. HART, of the Gilchrist fleet, ran on the rocks at Mission Point, Mackinac Island. The boat was proceeding under check at the time of the accident, but struck with sufficient force to drive her bow out five feet. The bow is resting on a shelving ledge of rock, strewn with boulders, and the stern is in deep water. The forward compartments are full of water, and it is probable that at least 1,000 tons of the cargo will have to be lightered before the big boat can be floated. The HART lies in a dangerous position, as she would be fully exposed to an east or southeast storm. The wrecking tug FAVORITE and a lighter have been ordered from Sault Ste. Marie. The HART has a cargo of iron ore and was bound from Superior to South Chicago. She is commanded by Capt. J. R. Walder.
Buffalo Evening News
Thursday, May 3, 1906
PART OF STEAMER HART'S CARGO LIGHTERED.
Mackinaw Island, May 5. - Wrecking operations on the stranded steamer F. W. HART, at Mission Point, has been interfered with by the breaking of the machinery of the lighter NEWMAN, and a northwest gale has also helped delay the work. About 1,000 tons of the iron ore cargo have been lightered, but tugs still are unable to release the steamer. The boat is leaking badly, but steam pumps have been able to free the forward compartments. As the boat is jammed upon a nest of boulders, divers have been unable to ascertain the extent of the damage to the bottom plating.
Buffalo Evening News
Saturday, May 5, 1906
Steam screw FRANK W. HART.* U. S. No. 121219. Of 4307 gross tons. Built Lorain, O., 1902. 380.0 x 50.0 x 28.0. Freight service. Crew of 22. oOf 1,450 indicated horsepower.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1915
Steam screw SPARTA.* U. S. No. 121219. Of 3,942 tons gross; 3,108 tons net. Built Lorain, Ohio, 1902. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 380.0 x 49.7 x 28.0 Freight service. Crew of 25. Of 1,450 indicated horsepower. Owned by National Steamship Co. Minn.
* Formerly steam screw FRANK W. HART.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1935