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Simon J. Murphy (Propeller), U116684, aground, 27 Apr 1896

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Port Huron, April 29. -- The tug BOYNTON left at 3 o'clock this morning with a full wrecking outfit for the steamer S.J. MURPHY, ashore at Point au Barques. The tug was sent in response to a message from Captain Morrison, of the stranded boat, asking for assistance. The MURPHY is a steel steamer, valued at $120,000. She was built by Wheeler, of Bay City, last year, and is owned by H.L. McCormick, of Menominee.
      Toronto Mail & Empire
      April 30, 1896

Port Huron, April 30. -- The SIMON J. MURPHY was released from Point aux Barques last night, and arrived here this morning. About 400 tons of ore were jettisoned. Capt. Morris says the weather was very thick when he started, and his compass carried him in. he was about to check the steamer when she slid up on a flat rock. He did not think she had been damaged, as apparently she did not strike any when she went upon the rock. After unloading at Fairport, the MURPHY will go into dry-dock at Cleveland for examination.
      Toronto Mail & Empire
      May 1, 1896
Steam screw SIMON J. MURPHY. U. S. No. 116684. Of 1380 gross tons; 1103 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1895. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 239.1 x 38.0 x 14.0 Of 800 Nominal horse-power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899

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Simon J. Murphy (Propeller), U116684, aground, 27 Apr 1896