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Dictator (Propeller), U6208, sunk by collision, 17 Sep 1871


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Propeller DICTATOR, sunk by being run into by the propeller GOULD, at the Manitous; her cargo of grain all damaged; got up.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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On the 17th. of September 1871, the propeller Dictator, while lying at the dock at Manitou Island, was run into by the propeller JAY GOULD, causing her to sink immediately, with her bow in two and her stern in seven fathoms water. She was subsequently raised and taken to Buffalo for repairs. No lives lost.
      "History of Lake Navigation"
      the Marine Record, Feb. 17, 1887 p.6

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PROPELLER DICTATOR SUNK. - We are informed that this vessel was sunk by the prop. JAY GOULD running into her while she was lying at the dock of one of the Manitous last Sunday morning. The force of the collision was such as to send the bow of the DICTATOR out of the water, where it rests high and dry. She had 17,000 bushels of barley in her hold, and like the GOULD was bound eastward. No explanation of this singular disaster has yet come to hand. It is probable that the engine of the GOULD stopped on the dead center while she was nearing the dock. The latter boat called here yesterday, and was, to all appearances, un-harmed.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, September 21, 1871
     
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      WRECKING EXPEDITION. - An expedition is making the necessary preparations,
in charge of Capt. Heating, for raising the propeller DICTATOR, sunk at South Manitou.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, September 23, 1871

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      THE DICTATOR. - The operations going on at the Manitou to raise the propeller DICTATOR progresses slowly, and there is considerable doubt of a successful issue. When the wind blows from a particular direction it creates a sea which interferes with the work. The exposure received by the vessel since sinking has affected her value very much, and unless she is raised speedily there will be very little, excepting the boilers and the engine, worth saving.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, October 4, 1871

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AFLOAT. - The Coast Wrecking Company has succeeded in raising the sunken propeller DICTATOR. She was towed into South Manitou Harbor by the Company's boat RESCUE.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, October 17, 1871

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      PROPELLER DICTATOR. - A Despatch to Capt. E.P. Dorr, Dated Milwaukee, Oct. 17, 5:25 P.M., says the propeller DICTATOR will leave South Manitou Tuesday,
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, October 18, 1871

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PROPELLER DICTATOR. - The repairs this vessel will require are much greater than was at first supposed. Fourteen of her frames will have to be replaced, and entire new decks, including frames, besides other large repairs. She will be rebuilt at this port.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, October 27, 1871

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      THE DICTATOR. - The tug RESCUE arrived here last night with the propeller DICTATOR in tow, which looks as if badly handled. About one third of the cargo of barley is still in her. It is not yet decided what yard is to do the rebuilding.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, October 30, 1871


DICTATOR. U. S. 6208, barge, 133.7 x 25.5 x 11 ft.; 1 deck and 1 mast; built at Buffalo 1864; 300.05 tons
      Buffalo Enrollment
      March 18, 1880


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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: grain
Remarks: Raised
Date of Original:
1871
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Local identifier:
McN.W.5933
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Dictator (Propeller), U6208, sunk by collision, 17 Sep 1871