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Constitution (Steamboat), sunk, 1 Jul 1847

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Steamboat accident - Last Saturday as the steamer CONSTITUTION, Capt. John Vail, was making the wharf of B. Higgins & Co., she ran foul of the north west corner of the dock, bows on, about 6 feet from the stem. Her wheels had stopped, but the boat was under full headway and when within 6 feet of the wharf her backing bell rung, but the engine was motionless when she struck. The concussion was such to stop her headway, but smashing a large hole in the bow of the steamer some 6 or 7 feet in length and about the same width, in the shape of a triangle. They ran her towards the shore but she sank in going her length, where she now lies in about 8 feet water. She will be repaired and out again in a week. Capt. Vail was not on board at the time. - Sandusky Clarion
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Wed. Aug. 4, 1847

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Reason: sunk
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.44894 Longitude: -82.70796
William R. McNeil
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Constitution (Steamboat), sunk, 1 Jul 1847