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Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), 4 Jul 1914, p. 11

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Recovers Vessel Lost Last Fall
Capt. Cunning Floats Steamer Turret Chief From Keweenaw Point.


Capt. Alex Cunning, wrecking master in charge of the steamer Favorite, yesterday released the steamer Turret Chief from the beach at Copper harbor, Keweenaw Point, Lake Superior. The Turret Chief went ashore during the big storm last November. Capt. Cunning left for Port Arthur with the ship yesterday evening.

Capt. Cunning went to the Turret Chief early this spring after releasing the steamer L. C. Waldo. The ship was so far up on the beach navigators on the Duluth-Superior course said she looked as if she were on stocks. Capt. Cunning had to move the ship more than 1125 feet with jacks. More than a dozen jacks were broken when the timbers split. It was found necessary to make iron bands to hold the timbers together.

The Chief is reported to have serious bottom damage, but to be in good shape otherwise. What will be done with her by the underwriters had not been decided yesterday as the word she had been released in the morning did not reach Cleveland until late yesterday afternoon.

After delivering the Turret Chief, Capt. Cunning will go to Port Burwell with the Favorite and the pontoon boat, built by the Great Lakes Towing Co. last summer, to raise a large steel scow lost a year ago.

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Date of Publication:
4 Jul 1914
Personal Name(s):
Cunning, Alex
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Great Lakes Towing Company
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 47.4618270387211 Longitude: -87.7555740942383
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Recovers Vessel Lost Last Fall