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Alexander McDougal (Propeller), U107372, collision, 22 Aug 1901

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Port Huron, Aug. 21. - The crew and passengers of the steam yacht GEORGE STAUBER had a narrow escape from destruction tonight when that boat was run down by the big stmr. GEORGE McDOUGAL opposite Fort Gratiot light.
      The smaller boat was sent to the bottom almost immediately by the terrible impact, but the persons aboard all managed to cling to the wreckage until they were rescued by rowboats in the river.
      The STAUBER was used for a ferryboat on the St. Clair River, and had a full load of passengers aboard at the time of the accident. She registers 42 tons and was owned by Capt. Dennis Kerrigan of Port Huron. She will be a total loss The McDougal is one of the big carriers belonging to the Steel Trust fleet, and at the time of the accident was bound up the river without cargo, having the barge MANDA in tow. The accident is thought to have been caused by a misunderstanding in the interchange of signals.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 22, 1901 1-7

The whaleback steamer ALEXANDER McDOUGALL, bound up, ran into and cut in two the ferry STAUBER in the rapids Wednesday evening at 7:10 o'clock, The STAUBER sank immediately in about 60 feet of water and is a total loss. All the passengers and crew managed to escape. The steambarge IDA assisted the persons in the water and took them to shore. The McDOUGALL did not stop.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, August 22, 1901
Steam screw ALEXANDER McDOUGALL. U. S. No. 107372. Of 3,686 tons gross; 2,662 tons net. Built West Superior, Wis., 1898. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 413.0 x 50.0 x 22.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1900

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.97086 Longitude: -82.42491
William R. McNeil
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Alexander McDougal (Propeller), U107372, collision, 22 Aug 1901