The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
R. G. Stewart (Propeller), U110341, collision, 30 May 1893

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The steamer BUFFALO of the Western Transit Line and the R.G. STEWART, excursion steamer, running to the World's Fair, collided at the mouth of the Chicago River yesterday. The BUFFALO was bound out, loaded and the STEWART with a number of passengers was entering the river from the basin at the gap at the life-saving station. Capt. Mahoney of the STEWART blew one whistle to the BUFFALO, intending to cross the river in front of her and go up the opposite side. The BUFFALO answered with two, warning the STEWART to keep her own side of the river, as there was not room for her to cross. This was not heeded and the BUFFALO struck the STEWART, breaking a large hole in her side and throwing her on her side, but not upsetting her. The cut did not extend to the water line and passengers were landed in safety. The BUFFALO proceeded on her voyage
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 31, 1893 3-4

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Steam screw R.G. STEWART. U. S. No. 110341. Of 197 gross tons; 169 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1878. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 100.0 x 23.0 x 8.2 Of 108 nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1898

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Reason: collision
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Remarks: Repaired
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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R. G. Stewart (Propeller), U110341, collision, 30 May 1893