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Monarch (Propeller), C96843, aground, 9 Dec 1906

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Port Huron, Mich., Dec. 10. -- Word has been received that the passenger steamer MONARCH ran aground near Isle Royale yesterday and sunk. Crew and passengers were rescued by a tug and sheltered at an Island in the vicinity.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 10, 1906

      Port Arthur, Ont. Sept. 29. -- A few planks are all that now remain of the steamer MONARCH, formerly of the Northern Navigation Company, which was wrecked off Isle Royale in the fall of 1906. The Reid Wrecking Company has completed the salvage work, removing everything of value in the shape of engines, boilers, dynamos,, etc. The machinery taken out is valued at $30,000
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 29, 1908

      Steamer MONARCH is Wrecked Off Isle Royale -- Crew and Passengers Take to Life Boats.
Port Arthur, Ont., Dec. 11. -- The passengers and crew of the MONARCH reached here last night on board the tug WHALEN. J. Farquar, a passenger, was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of exposure. Watchman J. Jacques, of Point Edward was drowned.
Port Arthur, Ont., Dec. 11 -- The steamer MONARCH of the Northern Navigation Company is a total wreck on Isle Royale, about 40 miles from here. The MONARCH left here on Thursday afternoon with a full cargo of wheat, flour and merchandise. She carried a crew of 30 men and ten passengers.
      She struck on Friday night and soon was pounded to pieces . Nothing remains above the water except the pilot house. The crew and passengers took to life boats and after a desperate struggle reached the shore of Isle Royale. Everyone was exhausted and they were without food or water.
They succeeded in starting a bonfire which attracted the attention of the Lighthouse keeper on Passage Island, who started for Royale Island in a row boat. He was unable to land owing to the heavy surf.
Purser Beaumont of the shipwrecked crew swam out and was picked up by the lighthouse keeper. Together they rowed back to Passage Island, which is about five miles from the scene of the wreck.
The steamer EDMONTON was signaled and word of the disaster was brought here. The tugs WHALEN and LAURA GRAVE were at once loaded with provisions and clothing and started for the wreck early yesterday.
So far as known there has been no loss of life, all the passengers and crew having made shore. Isle Royale is a bleak, rocky Island about 40 miles long. A heavy snow and windstorm is blowing on Lake Superior and it is feared that the survivors of the wreck must endure great hardships before assistance can reach them.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 11, 1906


screw steamer MONARCH. Official Canada No. 96843. Of 2,017 tons gross; 1372 tons Reg. Built Sarnia, Ont., 1890. Home port, Sarnia, Ont. 240.0 x 35.0 x 14.8 Owned by the Northern Navigation Co., of Ontario, of Collingwood, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1905

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 48.00044 Longitude: -88.83341
William R. McNeil
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Monarch (Propeller), C96843, aground, 9 Dec 1906