The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Maumee (Dredge), U169864, aground, 4 Oct 1911

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      Storm Threatens to Dash 13 Men to Death on Cleveland Breakwater.
      But Heroic Life-Savers Rescue Them
Cleveland, Oct. 5. --Climbing hand-over-hand along a hawser thrown by the United States lifesaving crew under Capt. Hansen, 13 men were rescued last night from the United States dredge MAUMEE, which went to pieces on the east arm of the breakwater.
      Although five tugs were striving to save the big government dredge their efforts were futile and only by heroic efforts of the lifesaving crew prevented loss of life.
The lifesavers heaved a line to the deck of the dredge and Capt. George Skelton, in command of the craft, quickly made it fast to one of the uprights. The lifesavers, with feet braced, pulled the line taut and called to the crew of the dredge to start across to the breakwater.
One by one the 12 men of the crew reached up to the rope, swung for a few minutes over the waves which dashed up at them as though to tear them off, and then dropped to the breakwater and thence into the waiting lifeboat. The 13th man to cross was Capt. Skelton, who weighed 250 pounds. The rope was tearing the skin from the hands of the life-savers and the winds and waves sought to force them from the narrow wall, but they clung to their task until every man was safely over and in the lifeboat.
The storm that caused the wreck was the worst that had swept the lakes during the navigation season. All boats were forced to remain at their docks during the blow.
At Erie the gasoline fishing tug TRENTER of Cleveland was caught in the heavy sea and badly damaged. All along the lakes reports were sent out of scows broken from tugs and boats in danger.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, October 5, 1911

Dipper dredge MAUMEE. 100.0 x 36.0 x 10.0 Built at Cleveland, Ohio and built or purchased in 1893. Employed at Toledo, Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1897
      List of Vessels Employed by U. S. Engineer Corp.
NOTE:-- later named Dredge No. 5.

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Maumee (Dredge), U169864, aground, 4 Oct 1911