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Queen of the West (Propeller), U20584, sunk, 20 Aug 1903

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Cleveland, Aug. 21. -- In the heavy sea on Lake Erie early yesterday, the old steamer QUEEN OF THE WEST sprung a leak and went to the bottom off Fairport. As the boat was settling low in the water the Anchor liner CODORUS happened along. Capt. McKenzie put his steamer close along side the sinking boat and took part of the crew aboard and the remainder was taken ashore by the life-saving crew from Fairport, who were towed to the scene by a tug. In jumping aboard the CODORUS Patrick Maloney of Baltimore, a wheelman on the lost steamer, missed his footing and fell between the two boats. His chest and ribs were crushed in and he is in a serious condition. He is now at the Marine Hospital. Two daughters of the Chief Engineer of the wrecked boat, were also aboard as passengers, had a narrow escape from being carried overboard by the heavy seas while awaiting the approach of the CODORUS.
      The QUEEN OF THE WEST was bound from Escanaba to Erie with 1500 tons of ore and had stopped here at midnight to leave her consort, the SAGE. She left at 1 o'clock, and at 4 o'clock was found to be leaking so badly that the pumps were unable to lower the water that was pouring into the vessel, causing the doomed craft to settle deeper with every sea. An attempt was made to launch the lifeboat and make for the shore some 10 miles distant, but the seas were running so heavily that the small boat was overturned as soon as it struck the water. As the members of the crew were about to give up all hope, the lights of the CODORUS were seen approaching from the eastward. It was a race with death and the CODORUS won, but the margin was slight. But a few minutes after the crew had been taken aboard, the old steamer gave a another lurch and disappeared below the surface of the lake. The wrecked was owned by C. L. Hutchinson and others of this city and was insured for $10,000. Her cargo of ore was shipped by Oglebay, Norton & Co., and was also insured.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, August 21, 1903
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      The spars of the propeller QUEEN OF THE WEST, which foundered five miles off of Fairport yesterday, stick five feet out of the water.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, August 22, 1903
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QUEEN OF THE WEST, U. S. 20584, steam screw of 876 gross tons, 588 tons net. 215 x 32.6 x 16.4. Built 1881 at Bay City, Mich. Home port, Cleveland. Crew, 13. of 675 indicated Horse power.
      List of Merchant Vessels, U. S. A., 1903

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.75004 Longitude: -81.27399
William R. McNeil
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Queen of the West (Propeller), U20584, sunk, 20 Aug 1903