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Patrick Henry (Propeller), sunk, 12 Aug 1887

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Propeller Tug. PATRICK HENRY, which left Cleveland Thursday afternoon with the unfinished barge JOSEPH P. FARNAN in tow, foundered when about 4 miles off Vermillion at 6 o'clock Friday morning. One of the crew of four was drowned. She was owned by L.P. & J.A. Smith of Cleveland
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, August 13, 1887

Schooner (sic) PATRICK HENRY of 18 tons, built 1881 and owned by Smith. Classed as A 2. Home port, Cleveland. On August 12, 1887 vessel with no cargo, sunk on Lake Erie, and became a total loss. Property loss, hull $8,000.
      1887 Casualty List (total loss)
      Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4

NOTE:--The PATRICK HENRY was a propeller tug, and not a schooner.

Cleveland.---L.P. and J.A. Smith's second barge, to be launched from the head of the river bed shortly, will be called the MARGARET OLWELL, in respect to the memory of their mother, Mrs. Patrick Smith, lately deceased. The new boat will receive machinery of the tug PATRICK HENRY, which foundered off Vermillion a short time ago. The JOSEPH P.FARNAN, the first built of the two steambarges, has machinery and will hereafter care for herself. She has the engine removed from the WINNIFRED, a very good small compound.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 29, 1887 p.1

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 1
Hull damage: $8,000
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.42199 Longitude: -82.36461
William R. McNeil
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Patrick Henry (Propeller), sunk, 12 Aug 1887