The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Samson (Propeller), collision, 9 May 1887

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Tug SAMSON of 181 tons, built 1862 and owned by Benham. Home port, Cleveland. Class A 2. On May 9 tug SAMSOM was damaged by collision on Lake Erie. Property loss, hull $1,500. No cargo.
      1887 Casualty List (partial loss)
      The Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p. 4 & 5

The Tug SAMSON has been in dock to repair the damages done while on Lake Erie, by coming in collision, as Captain McNiff said, with an unknown propeller, bound up, while near Long Point. The SAMSON received a very serious blow, damaging her stem and bow badly. Her stem was broken and her plank and apron, when she arrived in port were in a very demoralized condition.
      The Marine Record
      May 19, 1887 p. 1

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Reason: collision
Hull damage: $1,500
Freight: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Samson (Propeller), collision, 9 May 1887