The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Torrent (Tug), 29 Aug 1898

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An echo of the disastrous YUKON-TORRENT collision in the St. Clair canal in the summer of 1896 came up in U.S. District court yesterday. It will be remembered that the large schr. YUKON, in tow of the prop. SITKA, took a sheer while in the canal and her towline scraped the upper part of the tug TORRENT, bound in an opposite direction. Capt. Ralph Hackett, of the TORRENT, was killed outright, and 2 others of the crew, one of them David Kiniri swept overboard and drowned. His widow, Bertha N. Kiniri, brought suit in the District Court against the Wilson Transit Co., of Cleveland, owners of the SITKA and YUKON, and in March of 1897, she received a verdict for $5,000. The company later filed a motion to have the verdict set aside and a new trial ordered. Judge Swan yesterday denied the motion.
      Milwaukee Scrapbook
      August 20, 1898

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Torrent (Tug), 29 Aug 1898