The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
R. P. Fitzgerald (Propeller), collision, 1 Oct 1887

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Chicago.---The canal boat ISABELLA was sunk in the draw of the Twelfth Street bridge Saturday by the steambarge R.P. FITZGERALD. The ISABELLA had discharged her cargo at the city elevator and her lines were let go so that she would swing across the channel to the dock on the opposite side. Just then the FITZGERALD steamed down the river, struck the canal boat a light blow, and crowded her against the schooner JESSIE SCARTH. So tightly was the ISABELLA squeezed between the two vessels that her sides were crushed in and she filled and went to the bottom. Her captain says the owners of the FITZGERALD will have to pay for his boat, but it is hardly possible that he can prove that the FITZGERALD was at fault.
      The Marine Record
      Thur. Oct. 6, 1887 p. 1

Chicago.---At the Chicago Drydock Co.'s the canal boat ISABELLA, for repairs to damage done by the steamship R.P. FITZGERALD, sinking her.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 6, 1887 p. 1

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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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R. P. Fitzgerald (Propeller), collision, 1 Oct 1887