The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Shenango No. 1 (Propeller), trapped in ice, 1 Feb 1899

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William Blanck of Hamtramck, left last night for St. Thomas and thence he will go to Port Dover, on his way to release the big car ferry SHENANGO NO 1 in the ice six miles out. Blanck has been hired by the Austin Powder company. He will try to release the boat by the use of dynamite. He is an expert in its use, but this is the first time he has ever tried it on a boat.
      Bowling Green Newspaper Scrapbooks
      February 4, 1899

      Supervisor Blanck, who left here a week ago with dynamite to release the steamer SHENANGO NO 1, which had been for two weeks in the ice off Port Burwell, Lake Erie is back. He left the steamer Wednesday morning. The ice around her is fifteen feet thick. He blasted her free, but the wind arose and he could get no more dynamite from the boat or shore and had to quit. The steamer drifted in a floe of ice to a point about two miles below Clear Creek, at the foot of Long Point, Canadian side. She is perfectly safe and free from ice with which she is surrounded. There are plenty of provisions aboard, together with a lot of dynamite, which will be used on the ice again as soon as the weather moderates. Fifteen members of her crew are still on board.
      Bowling Green Newspaper Scrapbooks
      February 12, 1899

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Reason: trapped in ice
Lives: nil
Remarks: Released
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.65009 Longitude: -80.8164
William R. McNeil
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Shenango No. 1 (Propeller), trapped in ice, 1 Feb 1899