Douglas Houghton (Propeller), U157552, aground, 1899
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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
Steam screw DOUGLAS HOUGHTON. U. S. No. 157552. Of 5332 gross tons; 4034 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1899. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 456.0 x 50.0 x 24.2
Merchant Vessel List, U. S. 1900
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- William R. McNeil
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes