The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Asia (Propeller), Sunk by collision, 10 Jul 1881

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      A special dispatch to the Detroit Post and Tribune from the Sault says:
      Sault Ste. Marie, July 11. -- A collision occurred yesterday between the schooner HELENA and the propeller ASIA, in the flats on Lake George. The ASIA on meeting the HELENA and her consort became unmanageable after passing the steambarge, and ran across the bows of the HELENA. The HELENA cut the propeller down below the water's edge on her starboard side abreast of the pilot house, and the latter sunk immediately, her hurricane deck aft going under water. She has sunk at a rather narrow place in the flats called the Elbow. She is loaded with 15,000 bushels of wheat and a small lot of merchandise. The damage to the HELENA is not as serious as at first thought.
      All her head gear is gone -- jib-boom, bob-stays, etc., being carried away and her stem split. Her damage will not prevent her going on to Marquette for her load of iron ore.
The propeller ATLANTIC arrived here last evening and Captain Robert Rhynas, her master, reports that the passage between the stern of the ASIA and the stake is only about forty feet wide and thinks it quite likely that some craft will take the stern off as it is very difficult to pass.
      Cleveland Herald
      July 13, 1881

THE ASIA. -- The cargo of the propeller ASIA, recently sunk near the Sault River, consisting of 14,000 bushels of No. 1 hard wheat, valued at $1:30 per bushel, was shipped from Duluth by Hooper & Crittenden, and owned by C. J. Kershaw, of this city. It was insured for its full value, $18,200, in the following companies:
      Orient, of new York . . . . . . $8,200
      Northwestern National . . . $5,000
      Greenwich . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
      It is generally conceded that the cargo is a total loss to the owners, but the insurance companies can retail it to distills at a small cost. - - - - - - Milwaukee sentinel.
      Cleveland herald
      July 18, 1881
General Notes. -- It is reported that the contract of raising the propeller ASIA has been awarded to the Port Huron Wrecking Company, who will attempt her release by means of pontoons.
      Cleveland herald
      July 21, 1881
General Notes. -- Propellers arriving from Lake Superior report that some passing craft has collided with the stern of the sunken propeller ASIA, doing considerable damage to her hurricane deck and starboard quarters.
The prop. SOVEREIGN left Sarnia Tuesday, with a load of steel rails for Duluth, taking on blocks and apparatus, and calling at Sand beach for pontoons, and at Harrisville for Captain Merriman, superintendent of the Port Huron Wrecking Company, who has charge of raising the prop. ASIA, sunk in Lake George.
      Cleveland Herald
      July 22, 1881

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Reason: Sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Raised
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.45002 Longitude: -84.13336
William R. McNeil
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Asia (Propeller), Sunk by collision, 10 Jul 1881