Heavy Losses on Steel Vessels - Within the past ten days twelve big steel vessels that have been in collision or have suffered bottom damages from striking in the rivers have been ordered to ship-yards or dry docks in Cleveland and West Superior for repairs, involving an expenditure in each case ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. The list in Cleveland includes the barge 133, barge CORLISS, steamer VULCAN, barge HOLLEY, and steamers SELWYN EDDY, J.H. WADE and OWEN. West Superior has had the MARIPOSA, ZENITH CITY and barge 115, and now it is understood that the barge 117 has been ordered to that point for bottom repairs. She struck a loose boulder in the Sault river above the canal, and one of her water bottom compartments is full, but it is thought that she can safely go light to the head of the lakes for repairs. In this batch of losses the underwriters represented by Johnson & Higgins will probably suffer most, as insurance on vessels of the Bessemer company's fleet and those managed by Pickands, Mather & Co. was placed through the New York brokers.
The Marine Review
August 5, 1897