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Unadilla (Bark), U25021, collision, 1 May 1873

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A dispatch says the M.I. MILLS, a large lake and river tug, was sunk in 90 ft. of water Sunday morning off Sand Beach, Lake Huron, while attempting to pick up the bark UNADILLA in tow. The crew were saved. The UNADILLA, being uninjured, has gone on.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 13, 1873 3-5

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      At about 6:00 last Saturday morning, while the tug M.I. MILLS, off Sand Beach, Lake Huron, was endeavoring to pick up the bark UNADILLA to tow through to Lake Erie, the two vessels collided and it was soon discovered that the MILLS was in a sinking condition. An effort was immediately made to run her to shore but this was found impossible, owing to the ice being too formidable to pass through. A flag of distress was hoisted, which brought to her relief the tug QUAYLE, when finding the tug could not be kept afloat, such of her traps as was possible to save were put on board the QUAYLE, with the crew, when she soon sank in about 15 fathoms of water. The MILLS was one of the larger class of steam tugs, and was owned by M.B. Kean, of this city. Efforts, it is stated will be made to get her up immediately. The vessel sustained but slight damage, and not sufficient to prevent her from proceeding on her voyage.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 13, 1873

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      Last Saturday a collision occured off Sand Beach between the tug M.I. MILLS and the bark UNADILLA while the former was trying to take the latter in tow. The tug commenced immediately to sink and went down in 15 fathoms of water. Her crew was taken off by the tug QUAYLE.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, May 13, 1873

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Schooner UNADILLA. U. S. No. 25021. Of 396.22 tons gross; 376.41 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1862. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.84168 Longitude: -82.6416
William R. McNeil
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Unadilla (Bark), U25021, collision, 1 May 1873