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Oliver Cromwell (Propeller), collision, 1 Jun 1856

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Propeller OLIVER CROMWELL, and Steam Tug E.P. DORR, collided on Lake Huron, June 1856, the latter Total loss. Property loss $38,000 (for both ?)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      Loss Of The Steam Tug E.P. DORR. - We learn from a despatch to Capt. Dobbins
from Detroit, that the Canadian propeller OLIVER CROMWELL, had arrived at that
port and reports having run into the steam tug E.P. DORR, on Saturday evening, in
Saginaw Bay. The tug went down in deep water in three minutes. The crew escaped to
the propeller. The E.P. DORR was a fine new and powerful tug of about 500 tons, built
this season by Van Slyke, Notter & Co., of this city, for the Chicago Mutual, Garden
City of Chicago, and Star of Ogdensburgh Insurance Companies, whose united loss is
about $10,000. The DORR at the time of her disaster was on her way to Chicago from
Detroit, having got off and towed to the latter port the steamer SULTANA, lately ashore
at the Big Fox. One of the Buffalo Mutual large steam pumps was on board of her when
she went down.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      June 30, 1856

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.75002 Longitude: -83.66664
William R. McNeil
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Oliver Cromwell (Propeller), collision, 1 Jun 1856