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S. V. R. Watson (Propeller), sunk by collision, 1 Sep 1863

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Propeller (tug) S.V.R. WATSON, sunk by collision with the propeller IDAHO, at the entrance of Chicago, two men drowned.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, January 20, 1864

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      The tug S.V.R. WATSON went out of Chicago harbor for the purpose of towing the propeller IDAHO into port. The tug had come to close quarters with the propeller and had taken the propeller's line on board. The IDAHO had shut off steam, but had gained so much headway, as to continue her progress at a rapid rate, and struck the tug amid-ships with so much force as to careen the WATSON, when she sunk. Of a crew of five, three were lost. Capt. Conkey, of the IDAHO threw out lines and made every effort to save the drowning men without avail.
The WATSON sunk near the stake at the end of the bar.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, September 21, 1863

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 2
Hull damage: $500
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.88198 Longitude: -87.612
William R. McNeil
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S. V. R. Watson (Propeller), sunk by collision, 1 Sep 1863