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C. W. Elphicke (Propeller), U126568, aground \ sunk, 25 Jul 1906

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      Crew Saved When Gilchrist Fleet Craft Crashes Into New Breakwall.
Cleveland, July 26. -- In a heavy fog, the steamer C.W. ELPHICKE, of the Gilchrist Fleet, crashed into the new section of the east breakwater late last night and sank.
      Seventeen persons aboard, including the Captain's wife and another woman, and the crews, were saved by the lifesavers and by the tug GROVER. The boat lies a total wreck near the foot of Kirkland street. Her bow is out of water about 12 feet, her stern is submerged. The ELPHICKE laft Ashtabula early in the evening loaded with coal and bound up the lake. She was to pick up her tow at this port, which explains why Capt. Dawson was running so close to shore. He lost his bearings in the fog that settled down over the lake early in the evening.
      When the rescue tug and life savers got to the vessel they found all on board grouped on the forward deck anxiously awaiting help. The boilers had become submerged before the help arrived.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 26, 1906

Cleveland, July 28. -- Wrecker Howard baker, of Detroit, will commence the work of raising the wrecked steamer C.W. ELPHICKE Sunday morning. After an examination of the boat he said, that with good weather it could be saved. The work will be done by the day. Four big steam pumps will be placed on board after the coal cargo has been lightered and patches placed on the stern.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 28, 1906

Steam screw C.W. ELPHICKE. U. S. No. 126568. OF 2,406 tons gross; 1,764 tons net. Built Trenton, Mich., 1889. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 273.0 x 41.3 x 23.0 Crew of 16. Freight service. Of 975 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1906

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Reason: aground \ sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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C. W. Elphicke (Propeller), U126568, aground \ sunk, 25 Jul 1906