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George H. Notter (Propeller), sunk by collision, 14 Oct 1868

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Before daylight this morning the tugs NOTTER and COE went out into the lake on a cruise for vessels. A ship's light was discovered and both tugs steered for it. By some means the NOTTER was sunk and now lies on the bottom of the lake, about 2 miles from shore. The master, engineer and foreman of the NOTTER who were on board of her, were thrown into the water but were enabled to avoid drowning by getting on the COE. The tugs PETER SMITH and W.B. SCOTT went out to endeavor to raise the wreck. The protest of Mr. W.H. Lasket, master of the NOTTER, sworn to before Notary Public Tisdale, states that at 4:00 in the morning the NOTTER left the harbor for a cruise, and after sailing awhile sighted the lights of a vessel 2 miles out. The NOTTER steered for that light and at 4:30, the COE came under the stern of the NOTTER, striking her on the starboard quarter and rolling her over, when she filled with water and sunk. The protest further states that the captain of the COE made no effort to chechk the speed of this tug until after the collision and at the time the COE was under a full head of steam. The men who were on the NOTTER claim that the tug was steering directly for the vessel with a light head of steam, while the COE was under heavy pressure of steam.
      Cleveland Leader
      October 14, 1868 4-6

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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George H. Notter (Propeller), sunk by collision, 14 Oct 1868