Today in Great Lakes History
On 09 August 1910, the Eastland Navigation Company placed a half-page
advertisement in both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Cleveland Leader
offering $5,000 to anyone who could substantiate rumors that the excursion
steamer EASTLAND was unsafe. No one claimed the reward.
On 10 August 1890, TWO FANNIES (3-mast wooden bark, 152 foot, 492 gross tons,
built in 1862 at Peshtigo, Wisconsin) was carrying 800 tons of iron ore on
Lake Erie when a seam opened in rough weather. The crew kept at the pumps but
to no avail. They all made it off of the vessel into the yawl just as the
bark sank north of Bay Village Ohio. The CITY OF DETROIT tried to rescue the
crew but the weather made the rescue attempt too dangerous and only two men
were able to get to the steamer. The tug JAMES AMADEUS came out and got the
rest of the crew, including the ship’s cat which was with them in the yawl.
On August 10, 1952, the ARTHUR M ANDERSON entered service
for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. Exactly fourteen years later, on August 10,
1966, the vessel's namesake, Arthur Marvin Anderson, passed away.
In 1969 the EDMUND FITZGERALD set the last of many cargo
records it set during the 1960s. The FITZGERALD loaded 27,402 gross tons of
taconite pellets at Silver Bay on this date. This record was broken by the
FITZGERALD's sister ship, the ARTHUR B HOMER, during the 1970 shipping season.
On 10 August 1937, BH BECKER (steel tug, 19 tons, built
in 1932 at Marine City, Michigan) foundered in heavy seas, 9 miles north of
In 1906, JOHN H PAULEY (formerly THOMPSON KINSFORD,
wooden propeller steam barge, 116 foot, 185 gross tons, built in 1880 at
Oswego, New York) caught fire at Marine City, Michigan. Her lines were burned
through and she then drifted three miles down the St. Clair River before
beaching near Port Lambton, Ontario and burning out.
On 10 August 1922, ANNIE LAURA (wooden propeller
sandsucker, 133 foot, 244 gross tons, built in 1871 at Marine City, Michigan)
beached near Algonac, Michigan, caught fire and burned to the waterline.
On 11 August 1899, the SIMON LANGELL (wooden propeller freighter, 195 foot,
845 gross tons, built in 1886 at St. Clair, Michigan) was towing the wooden
schooner W K MOORE off Lakeport, Michigan on Lake Huron when they were struck
by a squall. The schooner was thrown over on her beam ends and filled with
water. The local Life Saving crew went to the rescue and took off two women
passengers from the stricken vessel. The MOORE was the towed to Port Huron,
Michigan by the tug HAYNES and placed in dry dock for inspection and repairs.
The night of August 11, 2001 the WINDOC was damaged and
caught fire when the Allenburg Bridge was lowered onto the vessel. The
accident stopped traffic in the canal until August 13. The WINDOC was later
towed to Hamilton, Ontario to await her fate.
The H M GRIFFITH was the first self-unloader to unload
grain at Robin Hood's new hopper unloading facility at Port Colborne, Ontario
on August 11, 1987.
On August 11, 1977 the THOMAS W LAMONT was the first
vessel to take on fuel at Shell's new fuel dock at Corunna, Ontario The dock's
fueling rate was 60 to 70,000 gallons per hour and was built to accommodate
Opening ceremonies for the METEOR (2) museum ship were
held on August 11, 1973 with the President of Cleveland Tankers present whose
company had donated the ship. This historically unique ship was enshrined into
the National Maritime Hall of Fame.
The T W ROBINSON departed Quebec City on August 11, 1987
along with 265808 (former BENSON FORD (2) in tow of the Polish tug JANTAR
bound for Recife, Brazil where they arrived on September 22, 1987. Scrapping
began the next month.
On 11 August 1862, B F BRUCE (wooden propeller passenger
steamer, 110 foot, 169 tons, built in 1852 at Buffalo, New York as a tug) was
carrying staves when she caught fire a few miles off Port Stanley, Ontario in
Lake Erie. She was run to the beach, where she burned to a total loss with no
loss of life. Arson was suspected. She had been rebuilt from a tug to this
small passenger steamer the winter before her loss.
On 11 August 1908, TITANIA (iron propeller
packet/tug/yacht, 98 foot, 73 gross tons, built in 1875 at Buffalo, New York)
was rammed and sunk by the Canadian sidewheeler KINGSTON near the harbor
entrance at Charlotte, New York on Lake Ontario. All 26 on board were rescued.
The wooden scow-schooner SCOTTISH CHIEF had been battling
a storm on Lake Michigan since Tuesday, 8 August 1871. By late afternoon of
Friday, 11 August 1871, she was waterlogged. The galley was flooded and the
food ruined. The crew stayed with the vessel until that night when they left
in the lifeboat. They arrived in Chicago on Sunday morning, 13 August.
Data from: Father Dowling Collection, Joe Barr, David
Swayze, Jody L. Aho, Ahoy & Farewell II and the Great Lakes Ships We Remember
This is a small sample, the books include many other
vessels with a much more detailed history