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George L. Colwell (Propeller), U85629, broke wheel, 14 Nov 1887

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Minorville.---The propeller GEORGE L. COLWELL arrived here Monday evening in a partially disabled condition, her wheel having one bucket left. While off St. Helena, on her way up, one of her consorts, the barge BAY CITY, sprung a leak, and had to be towed into Cheboygan. After pumping her out, it was found that she was not leaking enough to make it necessary that she should go into drydock, and she proceeded on her regular course. While the COLWELL was turning around in Cheboygan her wheel came in contact with a log, and was badly smashed up. This disabled her so much that the tugs DUNCAN CITY and AVERY, of Cheboygan, had to be chartered to tow the lumber barges to their destination.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 17, 1887

Steam screw GEO. L. COLWELL. U. S. No. 85629. Of 447 tons gross; 371 tons net. Built Bay City, Mich., 1880. Home port, New York, N.Y. 154.2 x 30.7 x 10.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S. 1899

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Reason: broke wheel
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.64696 Longitude: -84.47448
William R. McNeil
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George L. Colwell (Propeller), U85629, broke wheel, 14 Nov 1887