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Robert H. Foss (Propeller), U21448, sunk, 29 May 1856

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Propeller R.H. FOSS, sprung a leak and sunk at her dock at Chicago. Raised and repaired. Property loss $300.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      PROPELLER SUNK. - The propeller R.H. FOSS, which arrived Wednesday night from Muskegon, with a cargo of lumber, sunk at her dock yesterday morning about five o'clock. Pumps were procured yesterday and she was got afloat last evening, when it was found that she had a small hole in her bow, probably produced by striking a sunken anchor somewhere in the channel or in the river.
She is not materially injured. - Chicago Dem. Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 2, 1856

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      Steam screw ROBERT H. FOSS. U. S. No. 21448. Of 259 tons. Built Ohio City, O., 1854. First home port, Chicago, Ill. DISPOSITION:-- Renamed SOMERSET March 30, 1899, assigned new number of U 116882. Rig changed to elevator in 1907.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
      1790 to 1868. The Lytle - Holdcamper List

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $300
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Raised
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Robert H. Foss (Propeller), U21448, sunk, 29 May 1856