Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William Edenborn (Propeller), U81702, aground, 28 Nov 1905
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      (By Associated Press)
      Chicago, November 29. - Reports received up to early today show 18 vessels were wrecked in the storm which swept over the Great Lakes Monday night and yesterday. One life is known to have been lost, and it is feared eight others have perished as a result of the storm. Four vessels are reported missing.
      The following is a list of the vessels wrecked and missing:
CRESCENT CITY, steel steamer, driven ashore near Duluth.
MATAAFA, Steel steamer, driven ashore at Duluth.
R.W. ENGLAND, steel steamer, wrecked near Duluth.
ISAAC L. ELWOOD, steel steamer, disabled in Duluth Harbor.
J.H. OUTHWAITE, steamer, ashore and burned near Sheboygan, Mich.
CITY OF HOLLAND, passenger steamer, stranded at Rogers City, Mich.
D.C. WHITNEY, steamer, ashore near Port Washington, Wis.
J.H. SPAULDING, schooner, ashore near Port Huron, Mich.
MARY MITCHELL, schooner, stranded near Sheboygan, Mich.
HARVEY BISSELL, schooner, broken up at Alpena.
F.A. GEORGER, schooner, dismasted on Lake Michigan, towed to Sheboygan, Wis.
OLIVER MOWATT, ashore in Lake Ontario.
JIM SHERIFFS, steamer, dismasted on Lake Huron.
VINLAND, schooner, waterlogged at Alpena.
Unknown Vessel, reported ashore at Presque Isle, Lake Huron
CHARLES. M. WARNER, steamer, ashore at Nine Mile Point, near Sheboygan, Mich.
MARIPOSA, steamer, ashore at Split Rock.
GEORGE HERBERT, scow, sunk off Two Islands, Lake Superior.
ANGELINE, steel steamer, Lake Superior.
JAMES MOWATT, schooner, Lake Huron.
MOHEGAN, steamer, Lake Huron.
ALCONA, steamer, and barges, Green Bay.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 29, 1905

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      Duluth, Dec. 1. - The barge MADEIRA, which has been missing since she broke away from her steamer, the EDENBORN, on Lake Superior in the big blow, is ashore on Split Rock on the North shore, 3 miles from where the EDENBORN is wrecked. Mate James Mardow is dead. All the other men aboard reached here yesterday.
      Capt. J.H. Dissette of Buffalo, has both feet frozen. He can't walk.
Two hours after the MADEIRA had parted company with the EDENBORN the barge went ashore at a point where a high cliff overhangs the water. Mate James Mardow, seeing that the boat was about to strike, ran up the fore-mast to jump to the rock when the spar swung inward. As the boat struck, however, she immediately broke in two and the spar fell, pitching the doomed man into the icy water.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 1, 1905

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Duluth, June 4. -- The wrecked steamer MATAAFA, of the Steel Trust fleet, which met disaster off this port in the great storm of Nov. 28 last, costing the lives of nine of her crew, was yesterday released by wreckers and brought inside the harbor. She will remain at anchor until it is decided repairs will be made. Capt. Reid will in a few days commence the work of recovering the wreck of the steamer EDENBORN, which was driven ashore at Split Rock, on the north shore, 60 miles from Duluth, in the same storm. The recovery of the MATAAFA marks the completion of two of Capt. Reid's contracts on the Steel Rust wrecks, the barge MADEIRA having been the first.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, June 4, 1906

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Cleveland, June 9. -- It will take at least two months for the Lake Shipyards to complete repairs on the steel vessels now lined up waiting to go into drydocks. The steamer ZIMMERMAN, which was sunk in collision with the SAXONA in the Soo Passage on her first trip, will be at the local shipyard for seven or eight weeks, and the repair bill will be between $50,000 and $60,000. The steamer CRESCENT CITY and barge MANILA, recently released from the beach near Duluth, will be repaired at Ohio ports and they will both be big jobs.
The MANILA will be converted into a steamer, but the change will not be made until next winter. Repairs on the MATAAFA will probably be made at Superior. Little will be known regarding the condition of the EDENBORN until she has been released at Split Rock. The steamers ROMAN, recently released, and the GRECIAN, now sunk at Detour, will have to go into drydock for repairs.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, June 9, 1906

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      The work of rescuing the steamer EDENBORN from the beach at Split Rock, near Duluth, is being continued without much apparent success. Capt. Reed says the steamer will have to be jacked 100 feet before the water will be deep enough to afford and substantial buoyancy. The EDENBORN is loaded with 3,500 tons of cargo.
      The Buffalo Times
      June 20, 1906

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Duluth, June 20. -- Captain James Reid, who is preparing to release the stranded steamer EDENBORN at Spilt Rock, says the vessel will have to be jacked 100 feet before the water will be deep enough to afford any substantial buoyancy. The boat is high up on the shore and out of the water in places. There is only four feet of water on the side toward the lake.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, June 20, 1906

Cleveland, Aug. 30. -- The steamer EDENBORN, which has been ashore at Split Rock since last fall, has been moved 17 feet and officials of the Pittsburg Steamship Company expect that she will be released before the end of the week. The steamer OLYMPIA is aground near Shortline Dock in Sandusky harbor. She is without cargo.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 30, 1906

Steam screw MATAFFA.* U. S. No. 150810. Of 4,840 tons gross; 3,604 tons net. Built Lorain, Ohio, 1899. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 429.6 x 50.0 x 25.0 Crew of 24. Of 1,400 indicated horsepower. Steel built.
      Formerly steam screw PENNSYLVANIA
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1903


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Minnesota, United States
    Latitude: 47.18798 Longitude: -91.3835
William R. McNeil
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William Edenborn (Propeller), U81702, aground, 28 Nov 1905