The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chemung (Propeller), U126495, sunk, 1 Sep 1900

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The Union line steamer CHEMUNG ran on a rock in the harbor of Waukegan Monday last as she was coming in with a cargo of coal. The bottom was punctured by the boulder and the steamer settled down upon the mud. An investigation showed that a large hole had been cut into the forward compartment of her water bottom on the starboard side, and the pumps were unable to empty it. The steamer was only 400 ft. from the coal dock, and the work of lightering the cargo was begun at once. The rock on which the CHEMUNG struck lies in the harbor around the bend and not far from the coal dock. The CHEMUNG's cargo is 2,700 tons of coal and she drew but 16 ½ ft.
      Marine Review
      September 6, 1900
Steam screw CHEMUNG.* U. S. No. 126495. Of 3,061 tons gross; 1,848 tons net. Built at Buffalo, N.Y., in 1888. Home port, New York, N.Y. 326.7 x 41.2 x 23.2 Freight service. Crew of 17. Of 1,000 indicated horse power.
* formerly Steam screw [a] CHEMUNG, [b] GEORGE F. BROWNELL.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1916

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Raised
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.36363 Longitude: -87.84479
William R. McNeil
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Chemung (Propeller), U126495, sunk, 1 Sep 1900