The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Barge A. (Barge), U30189, sunk, 15 May 1900

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      Barge A, which was built for the Lake Michigan Carferry Transportation Company to transfer cars from Chicago to South Chicago and this season had been used as a stone-carrier for harbor improvement work, sunk in the river at Racine, last night, just east of Main Street bridge, with a cargo of 150 cords of stone. The tug SIDNEY SMITH tore the side and bow out of the barge while trying to wing her around, it is said the sunken craft completely blocks the south channel of the river and narrows the north channel to 50 feet. The stone will have to be removed by divers. The money loss resulting from the accident is estimated at $3,000.
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      May 16, 1900
      The blockade in the river at Racine caused by the sinking of the stone-laden barg A, is to be raised at once. The C. H. Starke Dredge and Dock Company has been awarded the contract to remove the stone from the barge and tow the wreck into the lake or dispose of it otherwise.
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      Thursday, May 17, 1900
      A diver who examined the sunken stone barge A. at Racine reports the bow and starboard side torn out, and the craft unfit for reconstruction. Hence after the stone has been removed the wreck will be towed out into the lake and permitted to drift upon the beach.
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      Friday, May 18, 1900

A dredge is now engaged in removing the stone cargo of the sunken barge ar Racine and tearing the wreck to pieces.
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      May 21, 1900

Milwaukee, November 1. -- The Lake Michigan Carferry Co., yesterday filed suit in the United States Court against E.G. Crosby, of Milwaukee; Orviille M. Fields; William G. Watson and N.C. Ninnemann, of Muskegon, Mich., to recover $4,500, the value of Barge A. According to the libel, plaintiff company leased the barge to the defendants for five months ending October 7 for $1,500, with the option of purchasing for $4,500. The barge measured 410 tons gross and was to be used to carry stone between Chicago and Milwaukee. According to the libel, defendants refused to either pay the amount or surrender the barge, which it will be remembered, was wrecked at Racine last spring.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 2, 1900

Barge A. U. S. No. 30189. Of 410 tons gross. Built Peshtigo, Wis., 1895. 135.2 X 35.0 X 9.5
      Herman Runge Notes

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: stone
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 42.72613 Longitude: -87.78285
William R. McNeil
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Barge A. (Barge), U30189, sunk, 15 May 1900