The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Siemens (Propeller), collision, 1 Nov 1899

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      The NORTH STAR-SIEMENS collision in the St. Mary's river in November last, which blocked navigation and caused great loss to Lake Superior shipping interests was the subject of a great deal of discussion among vessel men, and it was agreed that when fault was determined the government officials should dead sternly in the matter Later on when an investigation of the collision was being held at Sault Ste. Marie by Charles M. York and Charles M. Gooding, local inspectors of the district, who are located at Marquette it was said in newspaper dispatches that the investigation was demanded by Capt. Gunderson of the Rockefeller steamer SIEMENS, but that the testimony was decidedly against his version of the collision. Now comes a report of the decision of the local inspectors It is only fair to say first, in justice to Capt. Gunderson, that he did not call for the investigation. The trial was in accordance with the law in the matter, which requires the inspectors to investigate all collisions occurring within their respective districts. The decision of the inspectors was against Capt. Stewart of the NORTH STAR. His license was suspended for a period of sixty days, namely from March 26 to May 24 1900 inclusive, for willful violation of rude 6 of the pilot rules for the great lakes." This decision will not, of course influence in any way the decision of the United States courts in this matter Neither is it referred to here with a view to its bearing upon the legal action, but out of justice to the captain of the Siemens on account of the reports sent out from the Sault.
      Marine Review
      May 17, 1900

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 46.059722 Longitude: -83.945833
William R. McNeil
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Siemens (Propeller), collision, 1 Nov 1899