Wednesday, November 9, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 9

November 9, 1911 – Capt. H. H. Thompson, submarine diver, reported to Unites States engineers this afternoon that after a thorough examination he had found a hole 10 by 15 feet in size in the north pier head of the Duluth ship canal. The canal piers are built of concrete and have been in place about 12 years.

1North pier is at top of photo.

It is believed the hole was caused when the ill-fated Mataafa struck the pier on Nov. 28, 1905.

The SS Mataafa2

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Duluth Canal Pier Broken. Diver Reports Finding Large Hole in North Wall.”; Nov. 10, 1911; p. 1.

The Duluth Evening Herald; “Break in Pier Head”; Nov. 10, 1911; p. 30.




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