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P. H. Birckhead (Propeller), U20400, collision, 10 May 1879

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About 9 o'clock this morning a collision occurred on the Niagara River near the Water works inlet pier, between the steam-barge BIRCKHEAD and the barge WAUBASHENE. The BIRCKHEAD and four barges were going down, in tow of the tug BRYANT, and the steam-barge ISAAC MAY and three barges coming up in tow of the tug CROWELL. In passing at the place mentioned, the strong current, it is said forced the BIRCKHEAD against the bow of the barge WAUBASHENE of the MAY's tow, and stove her in badly, breaking several planks and stanchions. The damaged boat was brought into the harbor and taken to the dry-dock for repairs.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, May 10, 1879

Steam screw P.H. BIRCKHEAD. U. S. No. 20400. of 495 tons gross; 222 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich, 1870. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 156.8 x 27.9 x 11.8 Crew of 13. Of 400 indicated horsepower. Lake Freight.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Damage slight
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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P. H. Birckhead (Propeller), U20400, collision, 10 May 1879