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City of Chatham (Propeller), C92734, aground, 21 Nov 1917


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STR. CHATHAM WRECKED AT LION'S HEAD
      Severe Gale on Georgian Bay Steamer Chatham was Torn From Moorings at Lion's Head
The storm which swept over the Great Lakes during the last day and a half is considered the worst in years. It is compared only with the memorable Nov. 9th when so many vessels were lost. A terrible north-east gale has been blowing and the heavy sea is described by mariners as the worst they have ever seen on the Georgian Bay.
The only serious loss by the storm so far reported is the Steamer City Of Chatham which was tom from her moorings in the harbor at Lion's Head and is lying in a sand beach with the possibility of being a total wreck. The Chatham is a small freight and passenger vessel, which formerly ran from Blind River and the Canadian Soo and was being towed to Collingwood by the Tug Mariel and when the gale threatened sought refuge in the harbor at Lion's Head.
Yesterday morning about five o'clock the gale became so severe that the side of the steamer was wrenched out by the lines and she broke away from the dock. At the mercy of the storm attempts to save her were unavailable and she piled up high and dry on the beach. Capt. John Cook of Collingwood and another man were out on deck when she broke loose. Over long distance this morning Capt Cook said that the Chatham seemed to be buried in about six or seven feet of sand, and the heavy sea was still breaking. He said if the storm ceases there will be some possibility of pulling the boat off If the storm continues however the boat will doubtless be a total wreck. Capt Cook said the waves were breaking over the Lion's Head breakwater 30 feet high.
      The City Of Chatham was formerly owned by Mr. Stubbs of the Soo and was recently purchased by Mr. M.J. Morrell of Collingwood who had intended to rebuild the boat at Collingwood this winter and was being brought from the Soo by Capt Cook who recently laid up his own steamer.
      Owen Sound Sun
      November 23,1917
      [Courtesy Bill Hester]

Steam screw CITY OF CHATHAM. Official Canada Number, 93734. Of 341 tons gross; 232 tons reg. Built Toronto, Ont. 1888. Home port, Toronto, Ont. 125.6 x 28.5 x 9.0. Owned by Chatham Navigation Co., of Chatham, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1898
     
     
Steam screw CITY OF CHATHAM. Official Canada Number, 93734. Of 362 tons gross; 245 tons reg. Built Toronto, Ont. 1888. Home port, Toronto, Ont. 125.6 x 31.5 x 9.0. Owned by St. Joe Island & Sault Line, of Sault Ste marie, Ont..
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1920
     
     
Steam screw CITY OF CHATHAM. Official Canada Number, 93734. Built Toronto, Ont. 1888 by Polsons. Home port, Toronto, Ont. 125.6 x 31.5 x 9.0. Dismantled 1921
      Herman Runge Notes
     
     


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1917
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McN.W.25151
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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City of Chatham (Propeller), C92734, aground, 21 Nov 1917