The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Champion (Schooner), U4277, sunk by collision, 12 Jul 1903

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Unique in the history of lake marine has been the experience of the big steamer ROBERT W.E. BUNSEN on her present trip. The first of the series of mishaps came Monday afternoon when the BUNSEN crashed into the barge CHAMPION opposite Algonac, sending her to the bottom in half an hour later. The crew were saved. There was practically no damage to the BUNSEN, after unloading her ore cargo on Lake Ereie the BUNSEN again entered the St. Clair River on Thursday on her way up. Near Bedore's Resort the schooner SPADEMAN, bound down in tow of the steamer SICKEN was encountered, and shortly after the unfortunate vessel was on the bottom of the river with a big hole in her side. The BUNSEN continued on her way up the river. No one on the SPADEMAN was lost. A peculiar feature of the two collisions is that both boats were sunk a few miles of each other.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, July 17, 1903

Both owners and underwriters have abandoned the wreck of the barge CHAMPION sunk in the St. Clair River. The boat will be blown up by dymamite as it is directly in the channel and a dangerous obstruction to navigation. The steamer STIMSON, also abandoned, will be blown up.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, July 28, 1903

Schooner CHAMPION. U. S. No. 4277. Of 585 gross tons; 556 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1863. Home port, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 182.5 x 33.4 x 13.5 Crew of 5.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S.,1902

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss ?
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.61837 Longitude: -82.53102
William R. McNeil
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Champion (Schooner), U4277, sunk by collision, 12 Jul 1903