Matt Wagner (Steam yacht), sunk by ice, 11 Apr 1896
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Capt. Henry Curtiss, the owner of the fast stmy. MATT WAGNER, thought he would open the excursion season last Sunday by taking a trip down the river. Everything seemed propitious and steam was quickly gotten up and all preparations made. When all was ready it was decided to take a preliminary spin for the purpose of breaking up the ice in the harbor. All went well until the foot of Austin St. was reached, when a large cake of drift ice was encountered, the result being a hole stove in the left bow. The craft was manned by Capt. Curtiss, Robert Curtiss and William Becker, who were compelled to walk on the cakes of ice to the dock, which they reached with difficulty. The boat sank in about 20 minutes, and as the Captain said, "the trip was postponed."
The WAGNER is known to nearly every person in the city, and has a reputation for speed. She is 62 ft. over all, and has a 12 ft. beam. This is the first time she has met with a mishap.
The damage will amount to about $200.
April 11, 1896 1-5
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New York, United States
- William R. McNeil
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes