american SS Argus (+1913)
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nationality american
purpose transport
type cargo - bulk carrier
propulsion steam
date built 1903
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 4707  grt
dimensions 126.8 x 15.2 x 8.5 m
material steel
engine 1 triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
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speed  
yard no. 326
IMO/Off. no. 200211
about the loss
cause lost gale/storm
date lost 10/11/1913  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.28rank: 622
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builder
American Shipbuilding Co. (Amship)
last owner
[1]Pickens, Mather & Co., Cleveland
SS Argus (+1913)
period 1913 ~ 1913
IMO/Off. no.: 200211
prev. owners
[2]Gilchrist Transportation Co., Cleveland
SS Lewis Woodruff
period 1903 ~ 1913
IMO/Off. no.: 200211
captain Paul Goetsch
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entered 23/06/2011
last update Gothro Phil
last update 26/11/2011
 
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Gothro Phil26/11/2011The Great Lakes Storm of 1913

Historically referred to as the "Big Blow," Freshwater Fury," or the "White Hurricane," was a blizzard with hurricane-force winds that devastated the Great Lakes Basin in the Midwestern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario from November 7 through November 10, 1913. The storm was most powerful on November 9, battering and overturning ships on four of the five Great Lakes, particularly Lake Huron. Deceptive lulls in the storm and the slow pace of weather reports contributed to the storm's destructiveness. ...

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Allen Tony23/06/2011SS Argus was an American Bulk cargo carrier of 4,707 grt. On the 12th November 1913 carrying a cargo of coal she broke in two and sank with the loss of all 25 hands in one of largest storms ever to strike the Lakes. Wreck located in 1972.
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 American Shipbuilding Co. (Amship)
The American Ship Building Company was the dominant shipbuilder on the Great Lakes before the Second World War. It started as Cleveland Shipbuilding in Cleveland, Ohio in 1888 and opened the yard in Lorain, Ohio in 1898. It changed its name to the American Ship Building Company in 1900, when it acquired Superior Shipbuilding, in Superior, Wisconsin; Toledo Shipbuilding, in Toledo, Ohio; and West Bay Shipbuilding, in West Bay City, Michigan. With the coming of the World War I, the company also acquired Buffalo Dry Dock, in Buffalo, New York; Chicago Shipbuilding, in Chicago, Illinois; and Detroit Shipbuilding, in Wyandotte, Michigan.



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Gothro Phil26/11/2011The Great Lakes Storm of 1913

Historically referred to as the "Big Blow," Freshwater Fury," or the "White Hurricane," was a blizzard with hurricane-force winds that devastated the Great Lakes Basin in the Midwestern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario from November 7 through November 10, 1913. The storm was most powerful on November 9, battering and overturning ships on four of the five Great Lakes, particularly Lake Huron. Deceptive lulls in the storm and the slow pace of weather reports contributed to the storm's destructiveness.

The deadliest and most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the lakes, the Great Lakes Storm killed more than 250 people, destroyed 19 ships, and stranded 19 others. The financial loss in vessels alone was nearly US $5 million, or about $100 million at current value. This included about $1 million at current value in lost cargo totaling about 68,300 tons, such as coal, iron ore, and grain.

The storm originated as the convergence of two major storm fronts, fueled by the lakes' relatively warm waters—a seasonal process called a "November gale." It produced 90 mph (145 km/h) winds, waves over 35 feet (11 m) high, and whiteout snow squalls. Analysis of the storm and its impact on humans, engineering structures, and the landscape led to better forecasting and faster responses to storm warnings, stronger construction (especially of marine vessels), and improved preparedness. Ships that met their end:

Lake Superior:

Leafield

Henry B. Smith

Lake Michigan:

Plymouth

Louisiana

Lake Huron:

Charles S. Price

Argus

Isaac M. Scott

James Carruthers

Regina

Henry B. Smith

John McGean

Wexford

Hydrus

Lake Erie:

L.V. 82
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