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Ashtabula (Dredge), sunk, 1 Jan 1879

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Ashtabula, Nov. 22. -- Last evening after the dredge ASHTABULA had stopped work, she attempted to back out of the channel dredged for the schooner YORK STATE and in doing so ran on the schooner's anchor and sank. There is a heavy sea outside and should the wind increase she will be in danger of going to pieces.
      The parties who contracted to release the YORK STATE are still at work but it is very doubtfull if they succeed.
      Cleveland Herald
      Saturday, November 23, 1878
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      Ashtabula, Nov. 23. -- The ddredge ASHTABULA, which ran on the anchor of the schooner YORK STATE and sunk, is rapidly going to pieces.
      Cleveland Herald
      Mondaym November 25, 1878
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Ashtabula, Dec. 12. -- The dredge ASHTABULA has been abandoned as a total loss. The YORK STATE will remain on the beach until spring.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, december 13, 1878
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      The machinery of the big dredge ASHTABULA, wrecked at our Harbor in attempts to raise the YORK STATE a few weeks ago, has all been receoverd, almost uninjured. A new hull is to be ...

      The work of raising the dredge and removing the machinery has been continued with perseverance for nearly a month. While raising the stern of the wreck, the frames broke in the middle. Blocking was then placed under the middle of the wreck, and chains swept under the frame to keep things together. The boiler and engines have been secured and the task will soon be completed.

      The A. & P. R.R. Co. intend to rebuild their dredge (ASHTABULA) as soon as possible, and will also construct new docks to the extent of 60,000 square feet.
      Ashtabula News
      January 30, 1879 8-2

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.86505 Longitude: -80.78981
William R. McNeil
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Ashtabula (Dredge), sunk, 1 Jan 1879