The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
George Jennison (Tug), collision, 14 Jun 1863

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MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. -- A sad accident occurred about 8 o'clock last evening, by which a girl about fourteen years of age, named Mary Ann Hanavan, lost her life. It seems that the tug JENNISON took a pleasure party out on the lake in the afternoon, and returning, undertook to tow a vessel into the harbor. Near Evans slip the propeller RACINE lay, with a line stretched, for some purpose or other, across the Creek. The tug touched this line with her bows when she was warned, and backed off. The vessel she had in tow, however, impelled by the momentum of her speed, came right on, striking and carrying off the pilot house of the tug with her jib-boom. At the same time some of the steam machinery was so broken that the steam escaped rapidly, filling the whole atmosphere and creating terrible alarm among those on board.
      The girl named, when last seen, was sitting in front of the Pilot House, but nothing could be seen on account of the steam, and it is not known exactly how she was precipitated into the water, No others were injured. The body of the drowned girl was recovered some hours after, about 20 feet from where the accident occurred. Coroner Randall held an inquest this morning, when a verdict of accidental drowning was rendered. It does not appear that there was any body to blame in connection with the catastrophe.
      Buffalo Courier & Republic
      Monday Evening, June 15, 1863

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Reason: collision
Lives: 1
Remarks: Repaired
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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George Jennison (Tug), collision, 14 Jun 1863