CHECKED DOWN BY UNCLE SAM
Vessel Masters Fined for Law Violation.
CAPTAINS WERE BLAMED
For Loss of the LINDEN, CITY OF ROME, and Big Freighter ETRURIA.
Federal authorities have taken drastic action in the collisions which occurred last season between the steamers ETRURIA and AMASA STONE and the CITY OF ROME and the LINDEN. Fines aggregating $1,200 have been imposed on two of the captains.
Capt. George B. Mallory, who sailed the steamer STONE, has been fined $1,000 for not standing by when his boat collided with and sank the steamer ETRURIA, near Detour. He has been notified of the fact and in case he does not pay the fine the alternative is two years in prison. The collision occurred on June 8.
Capt. John S. Morrison, who was master of the steamer WIDLAR, has been fined $200 without any alternative for causing the steamer LINDEN to sheer into the CITY OF ROME in violation of rule 22 of the steamboat laws. It is claimed that he passed two boats with the LINDEN in between and the suction resulted in the sheer. The LINDEN and the ROME went to the bottom as a result of the collision.
Both captains were tried before the United States inspectors at Port Huron and found guilty of violating the steamboat rules. The inspectors made their report to Collector Leach, the boats being owned in this district.
The STONE’s collision resulted in a property loss estimated at $283,189.81, but this is not figured in the fines. It is owing to the fact that the STONE did not wait to render assistance to the ETRURIA’s crew, thereby endangering their lives on the open lake.
The LINDEN sheered into the CITY OF ROME June 23. She was up-bound with a cargo of coal and the CITY OF ROME was coming down with a load of ore. The impact of the collision was so hard that it sent both boats to the bottom. The ROME was afterwards raised, but the LINDEN is still on the bottom. It is considered a menace to navigation.
…The St. Clair river is reported full of ice at Port Huron…