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John Martin (Propeller), U12793, collision, 14 Jul 1871

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Propeller tug JOHN MARTIN, in collision with Tug BROCKWAY at Point au Pelee; both damaged.
      Marine Disasters of the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      THE TUGS MARTIN AND BROCKWAY COLLIDE. - On Friday evening a collision took place at Point Au Pelee, between the tugs BROCKWAY and JOHN MARTIN, both steamers sustaining severe damages. The BROCKWAY's injuries are on the starboard side, near the bluff of her bow. The MARTIN's injuries, which are by far the most serious, are on her stem, which is badly out of shape, and will doubtless require her going into dry-dock for repairs. At the time of the collision, our informant, a looker-on, states that both tugs were engaged in picking up a tow, and while running for the same vessel the collision took place. The MARTIN has arrived here for repairs. The BROCKWAY passed up this morning with a tow of three vessels, and will probably repair at Port Huron. - Detroit Post.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, July 18, 1871

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      On Friday evening last, the tugs GEORGE E. BROCKWAY and JOHN MARTIN collided at Point aux Pelee. The BROCKWAY, as we are informed was steaming after a vessel, as was also the MARTIN. The latter named craft when observed was bearing toward the BROCKWAY and whistles were sounded for her to keep off. The night was not very dark but by some mistake the MARTIN kept on her course. The captain seeing that a collision was inevitable, sheered away and the MARTIN struck her on the starboard quarter, suffered severe damage and getting her stem badly twisted. The MARTIN proceeded immediately to Detroit and went into dry-dock and the BROCKWAY came to this port and is now lying at Fitzgerald & Leighton's yard for repairs.
      Port Huron Times
      July 20, 1871

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Steam screw JOHN MARTIN. U. S. No. 12793. Of 126.40 tons gross 225 horse-power Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

JOHN MARTIN Steam screw of 132.73 Tons Gross, 80.72 Tons Net. Official U. S. Number 12793. Built Cleveland, Ohio in 1857. Home port, Rochester, of 225 Indicated Horse-power. 102 x 19.3 x 9.3.
      List of Merchant Vessels
      of the United States, 1890

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John Martin (Propeller), U12793, collision, 14 Jul 1871