The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), Aug. 9, 1886

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Wreckage from the Scotia

Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 8 - The tug T. M. Moore and lighter Niagara arrived last night from the wreck of the propeller Scotia, which stranded in the fall of 1884 on Keweenaw point, about 8 miles below Copper Harbor. This expedition, with Johnson of Detroit as wrecking master and Dwyer of the same port as diver, after five weeks work recovered both boilers and both engines in pretty fair shape, and also got up about 150 tons of iron in the Scotia's hull.* The smaller parts of the machinery were taken to Buffalo on the Niagara, while the heavy pieces with the boilers and scrap iron were left on the dock at Copper Harbor, to be brought down later. The engines were in twenty feet of water, one almost on top of the other, and the boilers were about twenty feet from the engines. The Scotia is broken in two almost amidships and the forward portion is in shallow water. Before beginning work the wreckers burned down all of the woodwork above the water. The property saved is owned by Thomas Maytham, M. M. Drake, and Wiener & Son, and will probably well repay them for its original cost and the expense of getting it.

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*not cargo, but plating from the vessel's iron hull. The SCOTIA (US#115271), sister of the iron package freighters JAVA, CUBA and RUSSIA, was 231 feet and 1502 gt. She was built by King Iron Co., Buffalo, in 1873 and went ashore in a gale Oct. 24, 1884.
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Aug. 9, 1886
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), Aug. 9, 1886