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Thomas A. Scott (Schooner), U24785, sunk by collision, 1880

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The wreck of the barge T. A. SCOTT, which was cut down and sunk in Milwaukee Bay last fall, has come to the surface within a few days. A part of the hull and other parts of the vessel are floating at the anchor, probably under the influence of the heavy seas of late, together with the ice.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, March 7, 1881

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The Milwaukee Sentinel has the following: "The barge THOMAS A. SCOTT, sunk at her anchors in the bay here last fall by the Union Steamboat Company's propeller AVON, is now the property of the underwriters, they having paid all losses resulting from the disaster. It is probable an attempt will be made to raise the craft, but upon this point no conclusion has as yet been reached, and none will be until all floating ice has disappeared from the lake. The report printed in some of the city papers some time ago that the SCOTT was breaking up and coming to the surface is untrue, a floating spar still attached to the hull by the standing rigging being the only wreckage that can be discovered. A settlement of the suit instutated agains the Union Steamboat Company has also been effected, but the terms cannot be learned. As 75 per cent of the loss was demanded, and 50 per cent offered. It is probable a rate between the two was finally agreed upon.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, March 25, 1881

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Milwaukee Sentinel. -- What is to be done about the removal of the wreck of the sunken barge THOMAS A. SCOTT, is the principal question with vessel owners at present.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 6, 1881
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      Milwaukee, August 11. -- A diver was sent down yesterday by the government engineers to find the condition of the sunken propeller SCOTT. It was found that her taffrail is within twenty-three feet of the surface. As her spars reach the surface, or nearly so, it is held that they will have to be removed, and that there will then be no immediate danger from the vessel.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 15, 1881

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Milwaukee Sentinel: Yesterday Major D. C. Houston was in receipt of official notice from the Secretary of War, ordering him to at once take proper steps for the removal of the wreck of the sunken barge THOMAS A. SCOTT, which has remained a nuisance to lake shipping since last fall. Major Houston, in compliance with the above order, will advertise his intention to remove the SCOTT, and, according to section 4 of the act of Congress making appropriations for rivers, harbors, and other purposes, the notice must not be less than thirty days. This news will no doubt be cheerfully received by vessel masters, who have been in constant fear of the sunken barge since she went down, and especially since her spars were taken out. So great is the fear entertained for her, that many masters have been known to stand out into the lake rather than attempt to make the harbor on a rough night when it was impossible to show a light from the solitary spar which remains.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, October 5, 1881

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Messrs. Horrigan and Peak, the divers, are about to commence the work of recovering the anchors, chains, etc. of the sunken barge THOMAS A. SCOTT. The schr. ANN MARIE will be employed in the operation.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      July 4, 1882 4-8

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Messrs. Horrigan and Peck, the divers, today procured the windlass of the sunken barge THOMAS A. SCOTT.
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, August, 1882

Schooner THOMAS A. SCOTT. U. S. No. 24785. Of 740.91 tons. Home port, Erie, Pa.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1880/1881

NOTE:- the barge THOMAS SCOTT was originally a propeller.

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    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
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Thomas A. Scott (Schooner), U24785, sunk by collision, 1880