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Clara (Propeller), U5220, sunk, 16 Jul 1878

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THE STEAMER CLARA SUNK - Yesterday afternoon, at about 2:30 o'clock, the steamer CLARA, while lying at her dock in Windsor, was observed by persons on this side to settle, and almost immediately went down in about 20 feet of water What caused her to sink is a mystery, but it is supposed that the intense heat caused her planking to shrink so as to let the oakum drop out, and consequently to allow water to run in. Only her upper deck is above water. The boat has been laid up all the season, and it was not in contemplation to fit her out. Her owner, Mr. Walter P. Campbell, states that she will be raised immediately, and then be put in dry dock and repaired. The CLARA was built in 1861.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Wednesday, July 17, 1878

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      RAISING THE CLARA - Yesterday Mr. Walter Campbell, owner of the steamer CLARA, which sunk at Windsor on Tuesday, was negotiating with the Canada Wrecking Company to raise her. When afloat again she will be calked so as to be tight, and laid up as before.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Thursday, July 18, 1878

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      THE CLARA - The Canada Wrecking Co., succeeded in getting the steamer CLARA above water yesterday, and today will pump her out. She does not appear to be injured in any way. Two small pieces of railing that are missing, were taken off purposely.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Thursday, July 25, 1878

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Steam screw CLARA. U. S. No. 5220. Of 105.31 tons gross; 52.66 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1860. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 71.0 x 18.0 x 7.2
      Merchant Vessel List, 1892

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.30008 Longitude: -83.01654
William R. McNeil
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Clara (Propeller), U5220, sunk, 16 Jul 1878