The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
George W. Bissell (Propeller), U10665, 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

Steam screw GEORGE W. BISSELL. U. S. No. 10665. Of 278 tons gross. Built Marine City, Mich., 1866. First home port, Detroit, Mich. -- DISPOSITION, Rig changed to Barge, March 31, 1871
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 - 1868

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George W. Bissell (Propeller), U10665, 3 Mar 1868