The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Orleans (Propeller), 1 Apr 1936

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Fix files suit for $14,000 in river accident for damages to the stm. ferry ORLEANS when it crashed against the International Bridge on Jan. 22. Frank F. Fix, suriving partner of Fix Brothers, owners of the ferry crossing river between Fort Erie and Buffalo, filed in Federal Court suit against the International Bridge Co. for $14,000.
      Mr. Fix charges that the Bridge company was at fault because on Jan. 22 it had not made arrangements to have a tug stationed in the riverfor such emergencies. Had such a tug or steamboat been stationed to give assistance no accident might have occurred. It is pointed out that the emergency tug INTERNATIONAL had been laid up, out of commission Dec. 1, 1935. Prior to that time the tug was in readiness for such an emergency.
      Among several stipulated charges made against the Bridge Company is one that the bridge constitutes an unlawfull obstruction and is a menace to free navigation in the Niagara River.
      Prior to the accident the papers described the ORLEANS as being tight, staunch, strong and in every respect seaworthy. The $14,000 is asked for making of repairs, survey fees, demurrages, etc. Stanley & Gidley, Marine Trust Bldg. are attorneys for plantiff.
      Buffalo Newspaper Scrapbook
      April 1, 1936

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William R. McNeil
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Orleans (Propeller), 1 Apr 1936