The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Robert Mills (Propeller), collision, 18 Jun 1888

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Word came to this port Saturday that the new prop. ROBERT MILLS which was on her first trip from Buffalo to Chicago coal laden, had run into and sunk the schr. WILLIE KELLER, corn laden from Chicago to Midland. The accident occurred about 12 miles off the east shore between the Little and Great Au Sable. The crew had barely time to escape with their lives as the vessel filled in 10 minutes. Total loss $15,000. The KELLER was built in 1871, rated B1 and had a registered calue of $5,000. It has not been determined whether the MILLS or KELLER was to blame.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 18, 1888 3-2

The steambarge ROBERT MILLS has been libeled at Buffalo by the owners of the schooner WILLIE KELLER, which, grain laden, was sunk in Lake Michigan last spring by a collision with the MILLS.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, October 2, 1888

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Damaged
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.05778 Longitude: -86.51425
William R. McNeil
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Robert Mills (Propeller), collision, 18 Jun 1888