The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Clarence A. Black (Propeller), U127300, collision, 12 Aug 1904

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The propellers A.R. COLBORN, C.A. BLACK and LILLIE were in a three cornered collision near the upper end of the St. Clair Flats Ship Canal yesterday, the COLBORN being so badly damaged that she sank about 500 feet south of the Ship Canal in lake St. Clair. The collision was caused by the COLBORN, bound down with a lumber cargo, trying to pass the BLACK, also bound down, with ore, so as to get through the Canal first. The Captain of the COLBORN tried to get in before the BLACK as the latter boat slowed up to enter. The suction caused by the boats passing caused the COLBORN to swing into the LILLIE, bound up, afterwards careening off against the west pier of the canal. She then swung around and struck the BLACK. The COLBORN's bow was crushed and she immediately began to fill. The Captain of the boat started through the canal at full speed for the south end, a distance of three quarters of a mile and only succeeded in making it before the boat settled. The wreck is not in a position to obstruct navigation.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 13, 1904

Steam screw CLARENCE A. BLACK. U. S. No. 127300. Of 4,521 tons gross; 3,274 tons net. Built Lorain, Ohio, 1898. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 413.4 x 50.2 x 24.5 Crew of 23. Steel built. Of 1,200 indicated horsepower.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 13, 1904

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Freight: ore
Remarks: Repaired
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William R. McNeil
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Clarence A. Black (Propeller), U127300, collision, 12 Aug 1904