The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 24 June 1905

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LAKE MARINE NEWS TWO BOATS SUNK CITY OF ROME and the LINDEN Came Together in St. Clair River. TWO LOST ON THE LINDEN Boat Sheered Across the Bows of the Rome. Latter at Tashmoo Dock, and Linden is Farther Up and in the channel – Both Are Wooden Vessels, and Rome Carried No Insurance, Except on Cargo – TASHMOO Will Land at Sans Souci.

Two wooden freighters, the CITY OF ROME and the LINDEN, are on the bottom of the St. Clair river, as a result of a collision at 4 o’clock Friday morning. The ROME lies about fifty-five feet off the Tashmoo park dock, and the LINDEN is about 1,000 feet farther up the river, lying across the channel and toward the American side.

The LINDEN sank almost immediately after the crash, but all were able to get away safely save Mr. and Mrs. Hardy, the steward and his wife, whose bodies are still in the wreck.

The CITY OF ROME is rather out of the direct path of vessels, but care should be exercised in passing. The LINDEN is a menace to passing vessels. Both are being lighted at night by two lights, one at either end, and about fifteen feet above the water, a float having been placed at the American end of the LINDEN.

LINDEN Sheered.

There was no fog, and both vessels had signaled each other. When almost abreast of the CITY OF ROME, which was bound down with ore, the LINDEN, up bound with coal, took a sheer owing to the passing of a large vessel and went across the bow of the ROME. In the resulting crash, the LINDEN was struck on the port side abaft the foremast and nearly cut in two. The captain of the TIONESTA, who came past later in the day, said that forward she was a mass of broken timbers and that she was twisted from stem to stern. The stern is said to be turned at an angle, and the after cabin is turned completely around.

Pulled Tree Out by Roots.

As soon as the LINDEN bounded away from the ROME, with the water rushing in a torrent into her side, Capt. A. W. Holmes, of the ROME, found that his own vessel was beginning to sink, her bows having been crushed in. He made three unsuccessful attempts to beach her, and each time she rebounded from the bank. Finally a line was carried ashore and passed around a good-sized maple tree. When she fethched up on the line, the tree came out by the roots, and now lies in the river. Finally the ROME sank with her nose up the stream, and with her bow, texas, pilot house, and after cabin roof above water.

Only the smokestack and the after cabin roof of the LINDEN are above water, which is about thirty feet deep where she lies. Capt. J. H. Warwick, of the LINDEN, floated away on her texas, when she went down, and was later picked up, with his effects, by the yawl boat, some two miles down the stream.

TASHMOO Will Land at Sans Souci.

Pending the removal of the CITY OF ROME, the White Star line steamer TASHMOO will land passengers at Sans Souci dock, about 500 feet away, and passengers who go up will have a novel opportunity to view the wrecks and witness resulting wrecking operations. Manager B. W. Parker last night made arrangements to have a large shelter tent erected near the Sans Souci dock, with a large number of benches, for the comfort of the patrons.

Two Gilchrist Wrecks.

The Gilchrists now have two boats up the river, the CITY OF ROME keeping company with the burned YAKIMA, farther up. As the wooden vessels of the Gilchrist fleet are insured only against fire, the CITY OF ROME is a total los except so far as her cargo is concerned. She is valued at $45,000 and is almost a twin of the YAKIMA in size, with a carrying capacity of 3,000 tons. She was built in 1881, and was nearly cut through by ice near Bar point in 1901. She was rebuilt in Detroit in 1902 at an expense of over $25,000.

The LINDEN was owned by the Sandusky Lumber & Box Co., of Sandusky, and was valued at $35,000. She was built by the Jenks Shipbuilding Co., of Port Huron, in 1895. She is of 900 tons capacity. G. W. Cottrell, of the Cleveland law firm of Hoyt, Dustin & Kelly, has been retained by the LINDEN’s owners and is now at the scene.

It is thought that A. J. Gilchrist, who looks after legal matters for J. C. Gilchrist, will also arrive this morning.

The captains and crews of the wrecked steamers are still up the river.

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Ray Grant
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 24 June 1905