The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Iroquios (Propeller), struck obstruction, 2 Dec 1897

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Referring to the recent accident to the Buffalo steamer LACKAWANNA at Ballard's reef, due to striking rock thrown up in the work of channel excavation, a correspondent at Ambertsburg says that as tows were constantly carrying away the floats placed over such obstructions, the contractors have tried, as far as possible of late, to give notice to vessels approaching from both directions of the condition of the channel. "If deep laden ships will be sure of keeping the upper range open a little to the west," he says, 'they will clear the spot where the dredge has been working. Dredging operations that are being carried on by the Canadian government along the water-front at the town of Amherstburg will prove of great advantage The stretch of channel that is being dredged extends out 300 feet from the dock. At several points well out in this channel boulders weighing full four tons have been raised, and they were so smooth from big vessels rubbing over them that you would have thought they were sand-papered. A few days ago the dredge raised an oak saw log about 16 feet long and 3 feet diameter, and in it was imbedded a large blade from a steamer's wheel. Vessel men of this place who talked with Capt. Thomas Jones of the steamer IROQUOIS are of the opinion that the obstruction which his vessel met with near Colchester several days ago was not the wreck of the steamer GRAND TRAVERSE. They are quite certain that this wreck has been cleared to a depth of more than 20 feet and they say that from the bearings given by Capt. Jones it is more than probable that the Iroquois struck at Little's point. Capt. Jones, whose vessel was bound up with coal, says that as near as he can judge he was about two miles above Colchester reef light, the light bearing E.S.E. 2 ½ miles with Little's point just abaft the beam."
      The Marine Review
      December 2, 1897

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Reason: struck obstruction
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Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.980833 Longitude: -82.923611
William R. McNeil
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Iroquios (Propeller), struck obstruction, 2 Dec 1897