The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Idaho (Propeller), collision, 1 Sep 1863

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The tug S.V.R. WATSON went out of Chicago harbor for the purpose of towing the propeller IDAHO into port. The tug had come to close quarters with the properre and had taken the propeller's line on board. The IDAHO had shut off steam, but had gained so much headway as to continue her progress at a rapid rate, and struck the tug amid-ships with so much force as to careen the WATSON, when she sunk. Of a crew of five, three were lost. Capt. Conkey, of the IDAHO threw out lines and made every effort to save the drowning men without avail. The WATSON sunk near the stake at the end of the bar.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, September 21, 1863

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Uninjured
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Idaho (Propeller), collision, 1 Sep 1863