Guide to the Grounding of the S.S. Schroon papers, 1922-1937
The S.S. Schroon of American registry (Philadelphia), a sea-going vessel involved in cargo transport, was in German waters near Bremerhaven on February 15, 1923 when it came upon the S.S. West Hematite grounded in the Weser River. In trying to free the S.S. West Hematite, the S.S. Schroon grounded itself incurring damages severe enough to require dry-docking.
The papers include investigative reports, correspondence, and ship and crew information in relation to the grounding of the S.S. Schroon while helping the S.S. West Hematite. Of particular note is the typescript of the hearing in New Orleans between representatives of the National Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots of America and representatives of steamship companies to determine "a definition of what constitutes an arrival, departure, sailing or shifting of ship."
This material is open for research.
Restrictions on Use
Permission to publish material from the S.S. Schroon papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.
Grounding of the S.S. Schroon papers, 1922-1937, MS 265, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
The Collection was a gift of Captain Charles R. Kertell, Master of the S.S. Schroon, in November 1958.
Detailed Description of the Collection