Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Widlar Wreck is Nearly Salvaged
Globe (Toronto, ON), 18 Jul 1921, p. 7
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Widlar Wreck is Nearly Salvaged
But Little of Furnishings and Equipment left on the Boat

Special Despatch to The Globe.)

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., July 17.--The work of salvaging the wreck of the steamer Frances Widlar, which grounded last fall at Pancake Shoals, has been progressing rapidly, and it is expected the ship will be taken down in tow of the tug Manistique within another ten days.

The Reid Towing Company has the contract. During the last three weeks the Manistique has been working steadily. Some ore has been removed from the Widlar and the engine-room has been pumped out. Last week the crew of the Manistique succeeded in putting the engines in condition, and it is likely the boat will be able to operate under her own steam on the trip to the drydock.

Contrary to reports circulated in marine circles early last spring, the Widlar is not completely broken in two. There is a large crack in the plates just below the water-line, but this has been patched. A few minor holes in the hull also have been repaired The steamer is now lying over at large flat rock, and is in about 17 feet of water. Practically all the bottom is on the rocks, and it is expected most of the ore cargo will have to be removed before the boat can be shoved off.

Very little of the furnishings and cabin equipment remain on the steamer, although all were practically intact when the ship was abandoned last fall. It is believed the Widlar has been visited often during the winter and spring, and dishes, silverware, bedding and other furnishings have been carried off.

The boat was originally owned by the Valley Steamship Company and was under the management of the Becker Corporation. When she stranded the underwriters took over the wreck. Last spring the Becker Company bought her back, giving the salvage contract to the Reid Company. The boat will be taken to a Detroit dry-dock for repairs.

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18 Jul 1921
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 46.91677 Longitude: -84.83326
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Widlar Wreck is Nearly Salvaged