The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
George W. Roby (Propeller), U86031, 22 Oct 1891

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The delaying of the mails a short time ago at the Fort Wayne railroad bridge, Chicago, by the steamer HUDSON of the New York Central line is being investigated by United States District Attorney Milchrist on complaint of the railroad company. On the evening in question the HUDSON, in tow of two Dunham tugs, was coming down the river. After she had entered the south draw of the Fort Wayne railroad bridge it was found that the steamer ROBY lay at the elevator, completely blocking the channel. Agent MacMillan charges that the harbormaster on duty did not remove the ROBY from the channel, but ordered the HUDSON to back out of the bridge draw. She ran her shoe and wheel in the mud and could not be pulled back. There she lay until the ROBY had finished loading. Mr. MacMillan charges that the harbormaster utterly failed to do his duty and that the delaying of trains was due solely to that cause. If the district attorney decides to begin all action it will be a criminal one against the captain. He has said that maliciousness must be shown before the case will be pushed.
      The Marine Review
      October 22, 1891

Steam screw GEORGE W. ROBY. U. S. No. 86031. Of 1843.23 tons gross; 1,470.30 tons net. Built 1889 at West Bay City, Mich. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 281.0 x 41.4 x 20.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1897

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George W. Roby (Propeller), U86031, 22 Oct 1891