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Progress (Propeller), U150205, sunk by collision, 1 Jun 1892

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      The Steamer BRITAIN and PROGRESS in Collision Early This Morning.
      Detroit, June 2. - Two steamers collided at the mouth of the Detroit River this morning. One sank in 30 feet of water.
      The steamers BRITAIN and PROGRESS, both of Cleveland, collided at the mouth of Detroit River, between Grassy and Fighting Islands at 12:25 this morning. The PROGRESS sank immediately, but the BRITAIN, which was completely uninjured, returned to this city. All the crew of the sunken steamer were taken off in safety, but there were many narrow escapes. The steamer BRITAIN, owned by the Menominee Transit Company, was bound down with a cargo of ore, while the PROGRESS, owned by the Schieslinger Syndicate, was bound up loaded with coal.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Thursday, June 2, 1892

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      Cleveland, June 3. - Steamer BRITON, which sank the PROGRESS in Detroit River yesterday is here. She is in very bad shape and repairs will be very costly.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, June 3, 1892

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Chicago, June 11. - The underwriters on the steamer PROGRESS this afternoon decided to ask for bids for the wreck as it lies and also for raising it. Messrs. Rardon, McLeod and Sullivan were made a committee to act for all the companies.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Saturday, June 11, 1892

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      The Murphy Wrecking Company has contracted to raise the steamer PROGRESS for $13,000. The Detroit Drydock Company bought the wreck as it lies in Detroit River for $11,500.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, July 13, 1892
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      The Murphy Wrecking Co.'s tug JOHNSON, with pontoons in tow, left for Green bay on Monday morning to continue wrecking operations on the sunken steambarg OGEMAW. The chains have been attached to her for several weeks, but the pontoons have until now been in use on the PROGRESS.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, August 30, 1892
Steam screw PROGRESS. U. S. No. 150205. Of 1596.20 tons gross; 1309.95 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1880. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 255.0 x 37.0 x 19.8.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Raised
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.22421 Longitude: -83.13465
William R. McNeil
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Progress (Propeller), U150205, sunk by collision, 1 Jun 1892