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Dart (Steamboat), attempted sabotage, 1 Mar 1861


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Two attempts were made last week to sink the DART at her dock, at the foot of Woodward Ave. On Friday night the watchman on board was alarmed by the sound of water rushing into the hold, and, on examination, found that a plug had been removed, and that water was pouring in at the rate of a barrel a minute. The evil was remedied before any damage had been done, but on the succeeding night the boat was not so fortunate. At daylight she was found to be loaded with water in the hold, and fast sinking. She sank to the guards, when she was held by her hawsers until an engine was procured to pump her out. She was relieved during Sunday, and is not much the worse for the adventure.
      It is supposed that some evil disposed person removed the plugs for the purpose of sinking the boat. The object to be subserved by such ends is not plain, and if such attempts were made they could have been actuated by no motive except pure malice. There is no clue to the perpetrator.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 2, 1861


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Reason: attempted sabotage
Lives: nil
Remarks: Uninjured
Date of Original:
1861
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Local identifier:
McN.W.14389
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Dart (Steamboat), attempted sabotage, 1 Mar 1861