The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Two Katies (Scow), sunb by collision, 18 Oct 1878

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Racine, Wis., Oct. 19. -- A dispatch is received here reporting the scow TWO KATIES, of this port, waterlogged and lying on the beach in Bailey's harbor. A vessel will be sent from here to receive her cargo.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Monday, October 21, 1878

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      Racine, Wis., Oct. 23. -- A letter was received here today from Captain Doad of the scow TWO KATIES, stating that she is now a total wreck. The TWO KATIES was run into by the propeller WAVERLY about 5 o'clock Friday morning off Whitefish Bay. Finding her to be in a sinking condition she was run into Bailey's Harbor and beached. The southeast sea of Sunday and Monday completely broke her up. Most of her cargo of hardwood lumber can be saved.
      The schooner WARREN left here yesterday; going after the cargo and outfit of the TWO KATIES.
The TWO KATIES was abouy seventy-five tons burden, valued at $1,500, and uninsured.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Thursday, October 24, 1878
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      Brevities - The propeller WAVERLY ran down and sunk the scow TWO KATIES off Whitefish Bay, Lake Michigan, last Friday.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Friday, October 25, 1878

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Frankfort, Mich., Nov. 1. -- A private letter was received this evening from Racine giving particulars of the loss of the scow TWO KATIES. The schooner WARREN came in yesterday bringing in the whole cargo of lumber, also the rigging, anchor and chains of the scow. The vessel is worthless. They had to cut up the deck to get the lumber out. She was run down by the large propeller WAVERLY at Whitefish Bay, Wis., and it is almost a wonder she did not go to the bottom of the lake. The WAVERLY towed the TWO KATIES almost fifteen miles after the accident into Bailey's Harbor, the crew all the time standing on the lumber without boots or coats on and every sea washing over the decks. They worked nobly, and saved the cargo.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Wednesday, November 6, 1878

NOTE - TWO KATIES still listed in 1879 Underwriters Register.

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Reason: sunb by collision
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 45.0586 Longitude: -87.11038
William R. McNeil
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Two Katies (Scow), sunb by collision, 18 Oct 1878