The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Seguin (Propeller), C94763, aground, 27 Jul 1899

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Capt. Symes of the Canadian steamer SEGUIN, which was driven ashore near Ashtabula in the recent gale on Lake Erie, displayed rare judgment in everything pertaining to the accident to his vessel. When he found he could neither weather the gale nor get his vessel into port, he put her onto the sand beach with her head pointing directly to the shore. With the storm over and his vessel apparently not injured in the least, he found that she rested on a sand bar aft but was entirely free forward. Then he secured the assistance of M.A. Hanna & Co.'s steam lighter, which engages in putting fuel aboard vessels at Ashtabula. The SEGUIN's boiler was blown off to lighten her aft, and some water let into a forward compartment (she is a small steel vessel). In addition to the water taken in forward, quite a large quantity of coal was also taken aboard from the steam lighter. The coal was readily transferred to the stranded vessel, as the lighter is equipped with a derrick for this purpose and it was of sufficient weight, with the water, to put the vessel down forward. When sufficiently weighted at the head, the SEGUIN was released aft, and she was afloat a few hours after the job was begun.
      The Marine Review
      July 27, 1899

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.86505 Longitude: -80.78981
William R. McNeil
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Seguin (Propeller), C94763, aground, 27 Jul 1899