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Lloyd S. Porter (Propeller), U141264, sunk, 22 Oct 1898

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The steamer TURRET AGE, CApt. Brady, of the Black Diamond S. S. Line, which arrived at Montreal on Tuesday, reported that she had collided with the American ateambarge LLOYD S. PORTER, near Ste.Croix, about 4O mile, above Quebec, on Sunday night. The PORTER, which struck full across her boys, filled rapidly and sank within 5 minutes. Only her masts and weelhouse are above water. No lives were lost. Capt. Snow of the PORTER and about 11 of the crew escaped in a lifeboat and landed on the north shore, a short distance above the village of Ste. Croix. The 5 remaining crewmen and the pilot, J.B. Labranche, climbed the masts and were rescued by a lifeboat from the TURRET AGE. The PORTER was bound from Port Huron to New York. She left here Saturday. She lies in about 60 feet of water and wlll probably be raised. She was built at Port Huron by the Jenks S. B. Co. in 1893, is 536 tons burden and 159' x 30. 6' x 10.7 depth.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, October 26, 1898

Slow About Additional Charters For the Coast. - There seems to be some doubt about the consummation, as planned, of the project of the Manhattan Steamship Co. of New York for the purchase or charter of several lake steamers to be placed on a new line from New York to Portland, Me., as outlined elsewhere in this issue. The steamer RUNNELS. which is now at New York. is the only lake vessel ready to enter the service of the new company. The LLOYD S. PORTER. which had been chartered. met with a mishap while en route down the St. Lawrence and was sunk below Quebec. There would seem to be little chance for the recovery of the vessel. inasmuch as she is in 30 feet of water and there is a strong current in the vicinity. Insurance on the PORTER aggregates $40.000. It was placed through Johnson & Higgins. The Manhattan people are understood to be still negotiating through their general manager Newcomb. for the steamer F. W. FLETCHER. owned by F. W. Gilchrist of Alpena and also for the steamer GEORGE FARWELL. owned in Cleveland. The fact that the VIKING has started on another trip up the lakes would seem to indicate that there is no chance of her going to the coast, and that it was probably never intended she should go.
      The Marine Review
      November 3, 1898

The Donnelly Wrecking snd Salvage Co., will raise the LLOYD S. PORTER, sank in the St. Lawrence River near Fort Neuff.
      Port Guron Daily Times
      Saturday, November 12, 1898

      The Lake-Atlantic Fleet.
Another of the lake barges bound for the Atlantic coast, the JOHN O'NEIL, chartered by C.R. Jones & Co. of Cleveland to the Atlantic Transportation Co., is wrecked. Owners of the O'NEIL are advised that she is ashore on Prince Edward island, and it is more than probable that she will prove a total loss Alike to the steamer PORTER, sunk in the St. Lawrence river some time ago, she was fully insured through Johnson & Higgins, insurance brokers. The PORTER was not, however, one of the vessels chartered by the Atlantic company. She was engaged by the Manhattan Steamship Co. of New York, to be operated with three or four other small steamers on a short line that offers opportunities in general freight traffic. Her insurance, about $42,000, was considerably above the price at which She might have been purchased by the charterers.
Of some forty vessels chartered by the Atlantic Transportation Co., there are ten still above the St. Lawrence rapids which have been laid up for the winter. These are the JOSEPH WALL, SHAWNEE, H.W. SAGE, WM. MCGREGOR, R. HALLORAN, M.W. PAIGE, S.H. FOSTER, HELVETIA, J.H. RUTTER and METACOMET. The reason given for not taking these vessels down the rapids is that the underwriters refused to insure them after Nov. 1. On this score the Atlantic company is negotiating with owners of the vessels with a view to having the charters extended for five or six months after the expiration of the three-year period, the owners to receive no payment for the next few months in lieu of this extension. This is a matter that will probably require concessions on both sides before it is settled. Several of the Atlantic company's fleet have already arrived at Newport News, among them the F.L. WATSON, M.S. BACON,, T.P. SHELDON and F.A GEORGER.
      The Marine Review
      November 17, 1898

The steamer LLOYD S. PORTER, which was sunk in Croix Bay, below Quebec by collision with the steamer TURRET AGE while on the way from the Lakes to the Atlantic, has been raised.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, September 2, 1899

Steam screw LLOYD S. PORTER. U. S. No. 141264. Of 536 tons gross; 412 tons net. Built Port Huron, Mich., 1893. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 159.0 x 30.6 x 10.7
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1898
NOTE: became Canadian 1901 C 94927, and owned Arthur W. Hepburn, of Picton, Ont.

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Lloyd S. Porter (Propeller), U141264, sunk, 22 Oct 1898