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Milwaukee (Propeller), U17984, sunk by collision, 1 Jul 1886

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The loss of the steam barge MILWAUKEE by collision on Lake Michigan records the fact that no less than five of the old Northern Transportation boats have been wrecked in that lake. She was built at Ogdensburg in 1868, and was 419 tons burden. In that year the company had four steamers constructed of like tonnage to ply between that port and Chicago. When the canal was enlarged they proved inadequate to the trade.
      The Detroit Tribune
      Tuesday, July 13, 1886

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Steam screw MILWAUKEE. U. S. No. 17984. Of 267.79 tons gross; 192.09 tons net. Built Ogdensburg, N.Y., 1868. Home port, Muskegon, Mich. 135.5 x 26.1 x 10.9 Of 220 nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1886
Sunk in collision with steam screw C. HICKOX on July 8, 1886, with the loss of one life.


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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 1
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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Milwaukee (Propeller), U17984, sunk by collision, 1 Jul 1886