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S. V. R. Watson (Propeller), sunk, 8 Apr 1871

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WATSON, S.V.R. Propeller Tug, sunk at Chicago while towing Schooner DICK SOMERS; no lives lost.
      Marine Disasters of the Western
      Lakes 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

The tug S.V.R. WATSON capsized at Chicago Saturday last. Capt. Dean and two of his crew, named John Garrity and Patrick Waters together with Louis B. Johnson, for many years mail clerk in the office of the Chicago Evening Journal and part owner of the tug, were drowned.
      Port Huron Times
      April 13, 1871

On the 8th. of April 1871, the towing Boat S.V.R. WATSON, while engaged in towing the schooner S.G. SIMMONS out of Chicago harbor, was capsized, about two hundred feet off the north pier. It seems that the vessel had on a good press of canvas, and the Tug's tow line got foul, and the vessel struck her and rolled her over, before the tow line could be cut. Three lives were lost by this accident. The Tug was raised and put in commission again.
      "Hist.,of Lake Navigation"
      The Marine Record, Feb.17, 1887 p.6

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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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S. V. R. Watson (Propeller), sunk, 8 Apr 1871