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Russia (Propeller), U110063, collision & aground, 1 May 1892

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Ridgetown, Ont., May 2. - The steamship RUSSIA, owned by the Lackawanna Transportation Company of Buffalo, and the propeller CELTIC, owned by Mayson & Sons, of Hamilton, Ont., collided about 15 miles off Rondeau Light last evening in a dense fog. The CELTIC sank in less than ten minutes, the crew numbering 18 escaping with only what they had on them. The cook of the CELTIC, Margaret Strand, was drowned. The RUSSIA after taking on the CELTIC's crew had to be beached.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      May 2, 1892

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      Amherstburg, May 2. - The propeller RUSSIA and propeller CELTIC were in collision last night at 6 P.M. 15 miles off Rondeau. The CELTIC went down almost immediately and the RUSSIA was beached in a sinking condition.
      The cook of the CELTIC, who stopped to save some clothing, lost her life. The CELTIC was built in 1871, was of 413 tons and rated A 1. She was valued at $20,000, and was owned by the McKay estate of Hamilton. As she is in deep water, she will be a total loss.
      Chicago Inter-Ocean
      May 3, 1892

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      The steamer RUSSIA, which sank the CELTIC, with the tug BALIZE and steam pumps, arrived here this morning. The RUSSIA is unloading her coal cargo at the ore docks near the Lackawanna trestle. The CELTIC struck her on the port bow and knocked a hole near the water line, about two feet in diameter, her stem is also twisted, and marks on her starboard bow would indicate that she went pretty nearly through the barge. The RUSSIA's upper works show but little injury. The accident occurred about 6 o'clock in the evening when most of the crew were at supper.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      May 4, 1892

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The Lackawanna Line Steamer RUSSIA, bound up from Buffalo for Chicago was sunk early Tuesday night about a mile east of Rondeau, Lake Erie; how far from shore has not yet been determined. She was in collision with some unknown steamer bound down.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, May 4, 1892
Steam screw RUSSIA. U. S. No. 110063. Of 1,501.77 tons gross; 1,334.57 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1872. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. Of 502 H. P.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.2975 Longitude: -81.888611
William R. McNeil
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Russia (Propeller), U110063, collision & aground, 1 May 1892