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City of Paris (Propeller), U126722, collision, 18 Apr 1892

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      Chicago, April 19. - The steamship CITY OF PARIS, bound up for Chicago, and the schooner CORA collided on Lake Michigan last night. The CORA reached Ludington this morning in a sinking condition, but the PARIS is not yet reported. The schooner lost her jibboom and stem, and made three feet of water in three hours. There is some anxiety concerning the PARIS.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, April 19, 1892

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Chiagao, April 19 - The CITY OF PARIS with coal for Chicago, steaming up Lake Michigan last night with a fair wind, encountered the schr. CORA A. beating to windward. The steamer attempted to cross the schooners bows, but failed in this and the CORA crashed into the PARIS. The schooner lost her jibboom and forefott and began to fill. She was able to get into Ludington, but with 3 ft. of water in her hold. The CITY OF PARIS was hardly scratched from the collision.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      April 20, 1892 6-1

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The big CITY OF PARIS turns out to be much more badly damaged in her collision with the schr. CORA A. than was at first supposed. It was reported at the time that the schooner was badly injured, but the steamer went on apparently not much hurt. She came back yesterday and after unloading went into drydock where Capts. J.J.H. Brown and John Rice are holding a survey on her. It is found that her starboard side is pretty badly knocked out of shape and one of the surveyors thinks that it will take at least $15,000 to repair her. The survey is not complete, but it is likely that temporary repairs will be made which are not likely to cost over $1,200, and she will finish the season. The fact that she could load a cargo of grain and bring it down indicated that she will be able to do this.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      April 29, 1892 6-1

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      The damages to the stm. CITY OF PARIS were fixed yesterday by the surveyors at $11,524, which is somewhat less than it was expected to be. It is strange that a schooner could do so much execution on a big steaer. The PARIS is shoved over about 5 inches amidships and her whole starboard side will have to come out for about 40 ft. and 4 new frames will be needed, besides a new arch and cord. The deck will also have to come off for about 40 ft. to get her back in place. She will, however, get along this season with temporary repairs costing a few hundered dollars.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      April 30, 1892 6-1

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The prop. CITY OF PARIS is already temporarily repaired of the injuries received in the collision with the schr. CORA A and went to coal dock yesterday for a load.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 6, 1892 6-5

Steam screw CITY OF PARIS. U. S. No. 126722. Of 2062 gross tons; 1714 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1891. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 298.0 x 41.0 x 21.0 Cred of 16. Of 1,000 indicated horsepower. Freight service.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1906

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
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City of Paris (Propeller), U126722, collision, 18 Apr 1892