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Robert H. Foss (Propeller), U21448, sunk by collision, 1 Oct 1861

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FOSS, R.H. Propeller, collided with Schooner TELEGRAPH, and sunk on Chicago 'Bar'. Pumped out and raised.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1862. Casualty List, 1861

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      COLLISION.---By a private despatch from Chicago to Capt. E.P. Dorr, dated this morning, we learn that the propeller R.H. FOSS and schooner TELEGRAPH collided off that port, Saturday night. Both vessels sunk---the former on the bar. The latter has been raised and brought into port.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 18, 1861

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 by collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $275
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 by collision, 1 Oct 1861