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BIG STEEL BARGE MAIDA SUNK AT SAILORS' ENCAMPMENT.
She Parted her Wheel-chains And Stove In Her Bow.
ONLY BOATS OF14½ FEET DRAFT CAN GET THROUGH THE CANADIAN SIDE.
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., August 14.-- [Special] Another blockade occurred in the United States ship canal opposite Sailors' Encampment today, and continued during the height of the season, it is likely to prove as disastrous, if not more so, than the delay caused by the sinking of the DOUGLAS HOUGHTON at the same place last fall.
The blockade is caused this time by the schooner MAIDA, of the Minnesota Steamship Co. The MAIDA was bound down in tow of the steamer MATOA, both ore laden. Just after they had entered the Encampment cut the NAIDA's steering chains broke, causing her to sheer and run her nose on the bank. She then swung across the channel and partly sunk. As she is 375 feet long, she extends clear across the channel, which is only 300 feet wide. The accident occurred at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
General Superintendent Ripley, of St. Mary's Falls Canal, on receipt of the news departed at once for the scene of the wreck. He will take prompt measures to remove the blockade.
Full particulars of the accident cannot be ascertained tonight. The extent of the damage sustained by the MAIDA is not yet known. If her bow is stove in and she is filled with water, her cargo will have to be lightered before she can be released. If not filled with water she can probably be pulled off. Anyway it is liable to be several days before the stranded vessel is released. Light draft boats can get around the wreck by using the old Canadian channel, which is about 14 ½ feet deep.
Detroit Free Press
August 15, 1900
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Aug. 15. -- The Soo River channel is blockaded again. The schooner MAIDA, ore laden, passed down in tow of the steamer MATOA. Just as the vessels entered the rock cut at Sailors' Encampment at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon the MAIDA's steering chain broke, causing her to sheer and run her nose onto the bank. She then swung across the channel and partly sunk. As she is 375 feet long, she extends clear across the deep channel, which is only 300 feet wide. The accident happened in almost exactly the same spot where the DOUGLAS HOUGHTON was sunk last year, when lake commerce was held up more than a week.
The blockade of lake Superior navigation by the stranding of the big steel schooner MAIDA is due to last two or three days. The MAIDA is lying with bow up stream, her nose shoved into the bank. There is six feet of water in her forward compartment, and the water bottom is full. There is 60 feet of water between the ship and the shore on one side.
Divers began work last night, and the tugs of the Thompson line are engaged in the raising of the schooner. Officials of the line expect it will take two or three days before that can be accomplished.
Boats drawing not over 14 feet can come up the old channel with the aid of tugs. light boats can pass the wreck safely. The MATOA, which had the MAIDA in tow, did not stop, and continued on her way.
August 16, 1900
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Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Aug. 16. -- It is now thought that by tomorrow morning the stern of the schooner MAIDA, which blocks the channel at Sailors' Encampment, can be swung around so that boats can pass. The cargo of the MAIDA is being lightered, and two steam pumps are working on her. A fleet of 80 to 90 boats, about 50 of which are bound down, are detained by the wreck.
August 17, 1900
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Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Aug 18. -- The great blocade to lake Superior navigation by the stranding of the schooner NAIDA directly across the deep water channel in St. Marys River was lifted at daylight today. The wreck was swung around, leaving a space sufficient for deep laden ships to pass. The detained fleet at once began moving, and it is expected that by tonight the fleet will be entirely cleaned up.
August 19, 1900
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Sault Ste. Marie, Aug. 22. -- The repair bill of the barge MAIDA, which blocked the Soo River channel last week, will be a heavy one. The barge is here waiting for the MATOA to tow her to lake Erie, where she will go into drydock. About 1,000 tons of iron ore were lightered and will not be reloaded on the MAIDA. She is badly crushed about the bow.
August 23, 1900
Schooner MAIDA. U. S. No. 92844. Of 3274 tons gross; 3210 tons net. Built West Superior, Wis., 1898. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 375.2 x 46.2 x 22.5 Steel built.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899