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Melvin S. Bacon (Schooner), U90657, sunk by collision, 6 Nov 1915

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Schooner MELVIN S. BACON. U. S. No. 90657. Of 614 tons gross. Built 1874. On November 6, 1915, vessel collided with steam screw JOSEPH SELLWOOD in the Detroit River, with 7 persons on board, no lives were lost.
      Loss Reported of American Vessels
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1916

BACON, M.S. Barge, struck by a freighter, November 6, 1915, near Grassy Island, Detroit River; filled and sank in 22 feet of water.
      The Marine Review, February 1916

      Detroit, May 14. - Bids are being received by Col. Mason Patrick, United States Engineer, for removal of the wreck of the barge MELVIN S. BACON, which was sunk in collision with the steamer JOSEPH SELLWOOD, the morning of November 6 last year. The wreck is in about twenty five feet of water and lies against the west bank of the dredged channel near the foot of Mammajuda Island, Detroit River. The vessel is a wooden boat, built in 1874, is 182 feet long, 33 1/2 feet beam and 13 1/2 feet deep. The vessel and all equipment will become the property of the contractor. Bids are to be opened at noon May 18.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 15, 1916

Schooner MELVIN S. BACON. U. S. No. 90657. Of 614 tons gross; 584 tons net. Built Vermilion, Ohio, 1874. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 182.0 x 33.5 x 13.6 Crew of 6.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1915

NOTE:- Schooner MELVIN S. BACON became Canadian in 1919, with Canada official number 140964. Abandoned at Canada Coal Dock, Detroit River [below Detroit] in 1930
      Herman Runge Notes

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    Latitude: 42.22421 Longitude: -83.13465
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Melvin S. Bacon (Schooner), U90657, sunk by collision, 6 Nov 1915