Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cambria (Steamboat), C74297, aground, 28 Jul 1897
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      Soo Line Steamer With A Hundred Passengers Ashore On Lake Huron.
      Sarnia, Ont., July 28. - Steamer CAMBRIA of the Soo Line left here upward bound last night. A strong gale was blowing from the north and when some distance up Lake Huron Capt. Hill decided to run back to Sarnia on account of the heavy seas running. About 1 A. M., while within a few miles off Gratiot Lighthouse, the CAMBRIA ran into a broken raft and broke her paddles and blew out a cylinder.
      This leaving her at the mercy of the waves, she slowly drifted ashore about three miles north of Sarnia on the Canadian shore of Lake Huron. The passengers, who numbered about 100, mostly from United States points, were all safely landed and ladged at the Northern Hoter, Sarnia. The crew also is safe, the CAMBRIA is expected to prove a total loss.
      The CAMBRIA now lies on the sandy bottom, exposed to a high west sea, and has commenced to go to pieces before the last passenger was taken off. The CAMBRIA was a vessel of 400 tons, of the old fashioned side-wheel type. She had been doing heavy business the past four years on the route between Detroit and Sault Ste. Marie, voa Georgian Bay.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, July 28, 1897 1 - 5

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      She Will Not Be Good For Anything But Firewood - Small Insurance.
Toronto, Ont., July 30. - Marine Insurance companies in Toronto yesterday received word that the steamer CAMBRIA, which on Wednesday struck a raft of log in Lake Huron off Sarnia, and disabled, frifted ashore, will be a total loss. The steamer was owned by George W. Brown and others of Port Arthur. She was insured for $10,000, the risks being held in the Western, British American and some American companies.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, July 30, 1897 4 - 2

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Port Huron, July 31 - The Canadian passenger stm. CAMBRIA which drifted ashore after a wild night on Lake Huron, was pulled off the beach by the tugs THOMPSON and MARTIN at 10:30 tonight. The wrecked boat will be towed to Detroit for repairs.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      August 1, 1897 10-5

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Steam Paddle CHAMPION 11. Built Levis, Que., 1877. Rebuilt 1887 and renamed as CAMBRIA. Official Canada No. 74297. Of 937 gross tons. 175 x 23 x 11 Disposition - Scrapped 1902
      Preliminary List of Canadian Steamships
      [ inland & Coastal ] 1809 - 1930

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.983611 Longitude: -82.411944
William R. McNeil
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Cambria (Steamboat), C74297, aground, 28 Jul 1897