The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Thomas Davidson (Propeller), U145482, 21 Jan 1892

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Milwaukee, Wis., Jan. 21.- While en route for Buffalo in November last the steamer THOMAS DAVIDSON became disabled below Sand Beach, Lake Huron, through the loss of her shoe and a broken wheel. She was picked up by the steamer JOHN HARPER and towed to Port Huron, a distance of less than 50 miles. For this service the owners of the HARPER recently preferred a claim of $5,000. An effort was made last week to reach a satisfactory settlement, but the HARPER people declined to accept less then $4,000 and expressed a willingness to submit the matter to arbitration. As between arbitration and litigation Com. Wolf can see little difference in expense. Hence he proposes to let the claimants collect their tow bill through the medium of the courts. This reminds the correspondent that a similar heavy claim preferred by the Ogdensburg Transit Company for service rendered to the steamer R.P. FLOWER by the steamer WAVERLY in Lake Huron was settled not so very long ago on a proposition coming from the transit company, the owners of the FLOWER paying $1,000 and the claimants assuming all costs that bad been incurred through libeling the FLOWER.
      The Marine Review
      January 21, 1892

Steam screw THOMAS DAVIDSON. U. S. No. 145482. Of 2226 gross tons; 1714 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1888. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 285.8 x 41.7 x 20.4
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1898

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Thomas Davidson (Propeller), U145482, 21 Jan 1892