Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The Wrecked Quebec
Sarnia Observer, 31 Jul 1885
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The wrecked Quebec—The Detroit Free Press says: Judging from the latest move made with S. A. Murphy to raise the Northwest Transportation Company's steamer Quebec, sunk in the Devil's Gap, Sault Ste. Marie river. A couple of gentlemen residing in Detroit, and who owned wrecking outfits, Monday received telegrams from Lorenzo Dimick, general agent of the Inland Lloyds, asking them to wire new bids for raising the vessel, which is reported by the crew of the Kate Williams to be lying on her starboard side in 125 feet of water. The Williams left her wrecking outfit at the “Soo”, and is now at Cheboygan waiting for orders. Capt. Murphy's contract with the underwriters to raise the vessel and deliver her with her cargo at Port Huron for $7,200 on the basis of “no cure,no pay” and now that the position and actual condition of the sunken steamer is known, it seems strange that the underwriters should ask for new bids for raising and towing her to a port of safety. It is probable, however, that Mr. Murphy who was at Buffalo Monday, now realizes that it would be folly to attempt to raise the Quebec for $7,200, and has told Mr. Dimick as much, hence the request for fresh bids. Captain Symes, who came down per Ontario, says the wreckers are at work of the Quebec, and confident of having her in Sarnia in ten days. Capt. Symes further reports that the Quebec had slipped deeper into the water and rolled over on her side and now lies in sixty feet of water forward and one hundred and twenty feet aft.

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31 Jul 1885
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.3157936862682 Longitude: -83.9953344769287
Randy Johnson
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The Wrecked Quebec