Maritime History of the Great Lakes
George A. Graham (Propeller), aground, 1 Nov 1917
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On November 23, 1917 a howling blizzard swirled across Lake Huron and rolled big green seas into the Cleveland bound freighter GOUDREAU. She took a heavy pounding and when the rudder was carried away she fell off before the storm. Eventually the GOUDREAU fetched up among the giant breakers on the tip of Lyal Reef and slowly began to grind out her bottom. The crew got away when the lake calmed and following thrie report the tug MANISTIQUE of the Reid Wrecking Company came down from Manitoulin Island where she had been vainly trying to save the steamer GEORGE A. GRAHAM ashore at South Baymouth. Before the MANISTIQUE arrived bad weather set in and persisted for several days. The steel hull of the GOUDREAU gradually yielded and by the time the tug got to her she had become a total wreck. The twisted hull settled to the bottom in three fathoms buried by the cargo of almost three thousand tons of iron ore.
      Shipwrecks of the Saugeen
      By Patrick Folkes

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Reason: aground
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.55007 Longitude: -82.01651
William R. McNeil
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George A. Graham (Propeller), aground, 1 Nov 1917