The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Georgia (Canal Boat), sunk by collision, 16 Sep 1887

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Chicago.---The canal-boat GEORGIA, laden with 6,200 bushels of corn, was sunk in the river last Friday by a collision with the steambarge T.W. SNOOK. The GEORGIA was bound down, in tow of the steam canal boat CITY OF HENRY, and the SNOOK was bound up with a cargo of lumber. Both vessels entered the last draw of eighteenth Street bridge at about the same time. The SNOOK cleared the CITY OF HENRY, but struck the GEORGIA, crushing in her bows and causing her to sink almost instantly. Her cargo is a total loss. It is insured in the Continental. The damage will foot up about $4,500. The SNOOK had her stem twisted off by the force of the blow. When she returns here she will be libeled, and the courts will be asked to decide whether or not the SNOOK was at fault for sinking the GEORGIA. Marine men say she was not and they also say that the city authorities ought to put a stop to the towing of canal boats up and down a crowded channel like Chicago River in fleets of four, five and six. There were four boats including the GEORGIA, in tow of the CITY OF HENRY when the SNOOK struck the GEORGIA. The handiest tug in Chicago would not attempt to tow more than one vessel at a time, but a canal boat, with steam power, would not hesitate to tow a string of boats that would reach from here to Christmas, so long as she was pretty certain of collecting damages from the first vessel that came in collision with her or any of her consorts.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 22, 1887 p. 1

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: corn
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Georgia (Canal Boat), sunk by collision, 16 Sep 1887