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Senator (Propeller), sunk by collision, 21 Aug 1909

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The 410 foot freight steamer SENATOR was beached today on the upper end of the Middle Ground, in the St. Marys River, opposite Detour, as the result of a collision with the steamer NORMAN B. REAM of Cleveland. The SENATOR had a large hole stove in her starboard side abreast of the engine room and there was barely time to run her on the middle ground before she filled with water. No one was injured. The REAM is still seaworthy. Both vessels were downward bound with cargoes of iron ore.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 23, 1909

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      The steamer SENATOR, sunk near Detour, was floated on Thursday and taken to a dock. Repairs will be completed at Cleveland.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 12, 1909
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      Cleveland, Oct. 6. -- The steamer SENATOR, which was sunk in a collision with the steamer REAM more than five weeks ago, was towed into port yesterday, the worst looking wreck that has ever been brought here for some time. She will be unloaded tomorrow when she will be placed in No. 2 Dry-dock for repairs. The steamer will be out of commission the remainder of the season.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 6, 1909
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The cost of repairs to the steamer SENATOR, which was sunk in collision with the steamer NORMAN B. REAM amounted to $90,000.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, February 19, 1910

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.99446 Longitude: -83.90278
William R. McNeil
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Senator (Propeller), sunk by collision, 21 Aug 1909