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Red Jacket (Propeller), exploded, 18 Jun 1866

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RED JACKET Tug, exploded her boiler and killed her Captain and fireman in Chicago River, June 1966. Property loss $4,000
      Casualty List for 1866
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Febuary 26, 1867

RED JACKET Propeller U. S. No. 21188 Built 1864 at Buffalo, N. Y., of 21 Tons. Exploded at Chicago June 18, 1866 with the loss of two lives. Total loss.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle Holdcamper List 1790 to 1868

RED JACKET Tug, of 13 tons, owned at Chicago. Exploded while in port at Chicago, June 1866, with the loss of two lives. Loss to ship $7,500 Insurance $5,000
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
      1863-1873, U.S. Coast Guard Report

      The tug RED JACKET, which was blown up about two months since in the river, is being rapidly rebuilt, and will be ready for service in a short time, as will also the tug S.V.R. WATSON. - Chicago Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 21, 1866

      The tugs RED JACKET and S.V.R. WATSON received new boilers, Friday, at Chicago.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 10, 1866

"The schooner E.M. PECK, while being towed out by the tug RED JACKET, collided with the schooner JENNIE BELL, which was coming out of Sturges' Slip, carrying away the fore-top-mast of the latter." - Chicago Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      October 15, 1866

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Reason: exploded
Lives: 2
Hull damage: $4,000
Remarks: Rebuilt
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Red Jacket (Propeller), exploded, 18 Jun 1866