ARMENIA

Location: Pigeon Bay 10 miles northwest of Southeast Shoal
Coordinates: LORAN: 43806.6 57091.0 GPS: PA: 41 52.95 82 38.51
Official #: 107219
Lies: bow north
Depth: 39 feet
Type: schooner/barge
Cargo: ore
Power: sail/towed
Owner(s) West Division Steam Ship Company
Built: 1896 at West Bay City, Michigan by James Davidson
Dimensions: 288’6″ x 44’6″ x 19’1″
Tonnage: 2040 gross 1919 net
Date of Loss: Wednesday, May 9, 1906
Cause of Loss: foundered in storm

The Wreck Today: This wreck was dynamited so it is widely scattered. At her bow you’ll find many machinery parts and he rudder lies off the stern. This vessel is directly in the shipping lanes and a sharp lookout needs to be maintained. Watch for snagged nets

Cleveland, May 9 – The schr.  in tow of the stmr. PABST, foundered during the storm last night, and now lies on the bottom of Lake Erie 4 miles northwest of the Middle Ground in Pelee Passage. All the members of the crew of the vessel were saved by the PABST.
The fate of the ARMENIA was reported at the Lime Kiln Crossing at noon yesterday by Captain Fred Stewart, Master of the stmr. A.E. STEWART, but the report was at first thought to refer to the schr. WILCOX, sunk off Colchester.
Detroit Free Press
May 10, 1906 10-2

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Cleveland, May 10 – The crew of the schr. ARMENIA, which foundered in the gale Tuesday night, arrived here today on board the stmr. PABST, which had the lost boat in tow. Capt. Cooper reports that the ARMENIA lies in 7 fathoms of water, is broken in two and will be a total loss. The ARMENIA was loaded with ore and insured for $36,000. During the winter $10,000 had been spent in repairs on the boat.
Detroit Free Press
May 11, 1906 9-5

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REWARD FOR RECOVERY OF ARMENIA’S SAILORS.
Cleveland, May 11. – The crew of the schooner ARMENIA, which foundered in the gale of Tuesday night, arrived here yesterday on board the steamer PABST, which had the lost boat in tow. Capt. Cooper reports that the ARMENIA lies in seven fathoms of water, is broken in two and will be a total loss.
The ARMENIA was loaded with ore. The ARMENIA and ALGERIA, both of which were lost in the same storm on Lake Erie, were sister ships and came out the same year. Captain Sidney Scott of Mt. Clemens, managing owner of the ALGERIA, has offered a reward of $100 for the recovery of the bodies of Capt. Elmen and George Wallen, who were lost. The ARMENIA was insured for $36,000.
Buffalo Evening News
Friday, May 11, 1906

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It is probable that the wreck of the schooner ARMENIA in the path of vessel in Lake Erie will be marked with a buoy. The matter has been taken up by the marine department of the Canadian Government.
The Buffalo Times
May 21, 1906
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Thomas S. Smith, James Curry and Capt. C.B. Packard of Sturgeon Bay, owners of the stm. PACKARD, which struck the sunken schr. ARMENIA and sank, have not yet decided to raise the vessel.
Part of the upper works has washed ashore. Five of the crew have reached home at Sturgeon Bay.
Detroit Free Press
September 21, 1906 7-6

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WRECKED BY A WRECK
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LOSS OF PACKARD CHARGED TO SUNKEN ARMENIA
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STEAMER NOT INSURED; CREW LOST NEARLY EVERYTHING
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One wreck was the cause of another when the steamer Charles B. Packard ran on the sunken schooner Armenia, near Pelee passage, Lake Erie, early Sunday morning, and sank within a short time.
Capt. J. McCaffrey and the crew of the steamer were here yesterday, and after communicating with J. A. Calbick of Chicago, owner of the Packard, the captain left for Chicago last night. The crew of six men were paid off here, and they received the usual wreck benefit of $30 each from the Lake Seamen’s union. The crew lost all their effects except what they were wearing. The first mate, who was off watch, came away without his shoes.
It is stated that the captain was in his cabin looking in the latest government reports for information as to how the wreck was marked, when the watchman or wheelsman ran in to say that lights had been sighted close ahead. The captain ran out, but it was too late to avoid striking the wreck.
Captain’s Hard Luck
News of the sinking of the steamer reached Detroit late Sunday night. The delay was caused by the fact that schooner Harold, which was towing behind the Packard, sailed up as far as Bar point and then sent word of the accident. The Harold was towed here yesterday by the tug Brockway.
There is no insurance on the Packard, which was loaded with hard coal. The cargo is valued at about $6,000 or $7,000.
Capt. McCaffrey seems to be pursued by the spirit of misfortune, as he was in command of the steamer Joseph Hurd, which became waterlogged off Chicago about five weeks ago. It is said that the Packard was formerly the Elfinmere, which was 190 feet long and built at West Bay City in 1887.
Detroit Free Press
Tuesday, September 18, 1906

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WILL REMOVE DANGEROUS WRECK.
Detroit, Sept. 19. — The Playfair Wrecking Company sent tugs and lighters yesterday from Amherstburg to remove the wreck of the schooner ARMENIA from Pelee Passage. Other boats beside the steamer PACKARD, which was wrecked Sunday, have struck the sunken boat,
Buffalo Evening News
September 19, 1906

Schooner ARMENIA. U.S. No. 107219. Of 2,040 tons gross. Built 1896. Foundered on May 9, 1906 at Pelee Island, Lake Erie. 7 persons were on board, but no lives were lost.
Loss of American Vessels During Fiscal year 1906
Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1906
general
nationality: american
purpose: transport
type: schooner
propulsion: sailing ship
date built: 1896
status:
live live
details
tonnage: 2040.76 grt
dimensions: 87.8 x 13.4 x 5.8 m
material: wood
rigging: 4 masts
yard no.: 73
IMO/Off. no.: 107219
about the loss
cause lost: water leakage (flooding)
date lost: 09/05/1906 [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder:
Davidson Shipbuilding (James), West Bay City (Mi)
next owners:
[1] Beacher A., Milwaukee (WI)
SV Armenia (+1906)
period 1901 ~ 1906
IMO/Off. no.: 107219
[2] Mowatt James, Chicago
Armenia
period 1900 ~ 1901
IMO/Off. no.: 107219
last owner:
[3] Davidson Steamship Co., West Bay City (Mi)
Armenia
period 1896 ~ 1900
IMO/Off. no.: 107219
captain: Cooper Thomas
about the wreck
depth (m.): 11.81 max. / — min. (m)
protected: yes
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