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City of Rome (Propeller), U125914, disabled machinery, 16 Jul 1884

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The steam barge CITY OF ROME met with an aggravating and serious mishap Monday evening as she was entering Chicago harbor. About the time she reached the lifesaving station her piston rod became loose and went clear through her cylinder head, completely wrecking that portion of her engine.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 16, 1884 3-5

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      The report of the accident to the machinery of the steamer CITY OF ROME at Chicago seems to be greatly exaggerated. Smith & Davis have received word from Capt. W.M. Egan that the damage will not exceed $30.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 18, 1884 3-4

      Steam screw CITY OF ROME. U. S. No. 125914. Of 1908 tons gross; 1594 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1881. Home port, Sandusky, O. 268.2 x 40.2 x 20.3 Crew of 17. Of 500 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902

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Reason: disabled machinery
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $30
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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City of Rome (Propeller), U125914, disabled machinery, 16 Jul 1884