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Christopher Columbus Cruise Vessel Accident

<i>Christopher Columbus</i> Cruise Vessel Accident | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Image of damaged ship on the Milwaukee River. The <i>Christopher Columbus</i> was a popular cruise vessel launched in 1893 and used to traverse the Great Lakes. On June 30th, 1917, with 413 passengers onboard, the ship was being towed out of the Milwaukee River by tugboats when an unexpected and overwhelming current forced the ship toward shore. The ship collided with a water tower and was demolished. Sixteen passengers died and another 20 were hurt in this freak accident. The <i>Christopher Columbus</i> was repaired and put back into service the following year and sailed the lakes for another 19 years before it was scrapped at Manitowoc, in 1936.
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Image of damaged ship on the Milwaukee River. The Christopher Columbus was a popular cruise vessel launched in 1893 and used to traverse the Great Lakes. On June 30th, 1917, with 413 passengers onboard, the ship was being towed out of the Milwaukee River by tugboats when an unexpected and overwhelming current forced the ship toward shore. The ship collided with a water tower and was demolished. Sixteen passengers died and another 20 were hurt in this freak accident. The Christopher Columbus was repaired and put back into service the following year and sailed the lakes for another 19 years before it was scrapped at Manitowoc, in 1936.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:33123
Creation Date:June 30 1917
Creator Name:Taylor, J. Robert
City:Milwaukee
County:Milwaukee
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Taylor, J. Robert, 1876-1959 : J. Robert Taylor photographs, 1898-1930
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:negative, b/w copy
Original Format Number:(T35)112
Original Dimensions:4 x 5 inches
SUBJECTS
Cities and towns
Boats and boating
Cruise ships
Marine accidents
Rivers

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