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Samuel J. Christian (Propeller), U23821, sunk by collision, 20 Oct 1901

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The big Mitchell freighter JOHN J. ALBRIGHT collided with the tug SAMUEL J. CHRISTIAN near the head of Grosse Isle Saturday night. The CHRISTIAN was cut almost in two and sank immediately before the crew had a chance to realize what was happening. Three men were drowned. She was built in 1858.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, October 21, 1901

      The tug CHRISTIAN of Toledo was run down and sunk in the Detroit River by the steamer JOHN J. ALBRIGHT on Saturday night. Captain William R. Harlow, Fireman Frank Bremmer and the cook, whose name is unknown, were drowned.
      Detroit, Mich., Oct 21. -- The tug FORMAN with divers left Detroit today for the scene of the CHISTIAN'S sinking and the divers will try to recover the bodies of the three men who went down with the tug
      Marine Record
      October 22, 1901
The cabin of the sunken tug SAMUEL J. CHRISTIAN came to the surface and floated ashore near the Indian burial ground at Amherstburg. Capt. Watt of the wrecker SAGINAW sent a couple of men to examine it in the hope of finding some of the bodies that went down with the tug, but none were found.
      Marine Record
      October 27, 1901
The tug CHRISTIAN was towed to Port Huron yesterday by the wrecker MARY GROH. It took a large pontoon lashed to each side of the tug to keep her afloat and it is not though that she is worth repairing. It is probably her boiler will be taken out and the hull abandoned.
      Duluth News Tribune
      December 2, 1901

The Port Huron Wrecking Co. has succeeded in raising the tug SAMUEL J. CHRISTIAN near the head of Grosse Isle in the Detroit River. It was taken to the lower dock of the Detroit Ship Building Co. where the machinery will be taken out.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, December 4, 1901
Steam screw SAMUEL J. CHRISTIAN. U. S. No. 23821. Of 55 tons gross; 32 tons net. Built Kaighns Point, N.J., 1868. Home port, Sandusky, Ohio. 70.6 x 17.2 x 7.2 Of 75 nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.12532 Longitude: -83.15826
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Samuel J. Christian (Propeller), U23821, sunk by collision, 20 Oct 1901