The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Acme (Propeller), 3 Mar 1868

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A case of much interest is pending in the U.S. District
Court. The parties are the owners of the prop. ACME and GEORGE
W. BISSEL. It appears that in June last the BISSELL was one
night going down Lake Erie, being loaded with lumber and bound
for Cleveland, and opposite the Clay Banks discovered the prop.
ACME coming up on a voyage from Buffalo to Chicago, partially
loaded with merchandise. The owners of the ACME claim that about
1:00 in the morning her lookouts discovered the BISSELL a point
and a half on her starboard bow, showing green light and bright
light, which she continued to show until she struck the ACME head
on, starboard midships. The owners of the BISSELL claim that her
lookouts made the green light of the ACME nearly ahead at the
first, and that as they approached each showed the red light, but
when about 80 rods off the ACME shut off both colored lights, and
soon struck the port bows of the BISSELL with her starboard
quarter, the BISSELL swinging with her wheel to starboard. The
damage to the ACME was only about $100, while the BISSELL was
injured to the extent of $2,000. It will thus be seen that there
is an irreconcilable conflict between the testimony, and it must
be subjected to the criticism of counsel and examination of the
Judge. - Detroit Post.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 3, 1868 3-4

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William R. McNeil
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Acme (Propeller), 3 Mar 1868