The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Fern (Propeller), U120527, sunk, 29 Jun 1901

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The tug FERN, of Algonac, foundered off Eagle River, Mich., Saturday. The crew of five were lost including Capt. Hemenger of Algonac.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, July 1, 1901

      June 29, 1901. -- Tug FERN foundered off Eagle River, Lake Superior. Captain and crew of four men drowned.
      Wrecks on the Great lakes
      Casualty List for 1901
      Marine Record
      January 11, 1902
      Calumet, Mich., Oct. 27. - The wreck of the new steel steamer MORELAND on the Eagle River reef a week ago, is the sixteenth which has happened on the same spot in the past 16 years.
      Among the losses which have occurred on the dangerous reef, were the steamer J. H. PICKANDS in 1894. The boat and cargo and one member of the crew went down. Two years later the steamer COLORADO was lost there, and later while the tug FERN was salvaging at the scene, it was lost with five of its crew.
      There were many accidents of a minor nature and then came the stranding of the steamer URANUS. She was released but cost her owners $40,000 for repairs. Last August the steamer PATHFINDER with the barge SAGAMORE in tow, hit the rocks and another loss of nearly $50,000 was incurred. It is possible that the loss of the MORELAND will induce the Lake Carriers' Association to work for some kind of protection at the point.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 27, 1910
Steam screw FERN. U. S. No. 120527. Of 48 tons gross; 35 tons net. Built Algonac, Mich., 1882. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 64.6 x 18.2 x 6.2
      Merchant vessel List, U. S., 1900

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 5
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 47.41492 Longitude: -88.29927
William R. McNeil
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Fern (Propeller), U120527, sunk, 29 Jun 1901