Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daniel B. Meacham (Propeller), U205349, aground, 29 Jul 1908
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The new steamer DANIEL B. MEACHAM, just out of the Ecorse yards and on her maiden trip from Ashtabula to Port Arthur with 9,000 tons of coal, went on the rocks at Passage Island Tuesday evening and is in an exposed position, according to information brought to Port Arthur. The boat is owned by the Frontier Steamship Company of North Tonawanda.
      Captain James Kidd of Duluth, a representative of the underwriters, is directing the operations of a wrecking outfit. It is reported that the vessel's fore peak and forward tanks are full of water.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 30, 1908
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      Port Arthur, Ont., July 31. -- The steamer DANIEL B. MEACHAM, which went on the rocks at Passage Island, is at the coal docks here, ready to unload. The wreckers found the ship in no serious condition and got her off during the day. The accident occurred during a fog. Arrangements are being made to lighter the boat and have her examined immediately.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 31, 1908
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      The new steamer DANIEL B. MEACHAM has met with more trouble according to dispatches from Duluth. The vessel got off the grounding on Passage Island, near Port Arthur last week and has since bumped the Lamborn Avenue bridge at Duluth, putting that structure out of commission and trying up street car traffic for about two hours, according to newspaper reports. It is said the boat escaped without serious injury.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 11, 1908
      Steam screw DANIEL B. MEACHAM.* U. S. No. 205349. Of 6,971 tons gross; 5,482 tons net. Built at Ecorse, Mich., in 1908. Home port, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 530.0 x 56.2 x 32.0 Freight service. Crew of 27. Of 1,800 indicated horse power. Steel built.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1909 [steam vessels]

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 48.23348 Longitude: -88.3509
William R. McNeil
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Daniel B. Meacham (Propeller), U205349, aground, 29 Jul 1908