The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
O. L. Swift (Propeller), sunk by collision, 6 Jun 1863

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A TUG SUNK. - On Saturday afternoon the tugs SWIFT and BRITTON started out into the bay on a race, in pursuit of business. The immediate object of attention was the schooner ANNA C. RAYNOR, which was coming into port heavily laden. The officers of the tug SWIFT displayed considerable energy, and doubtless would have captured the prize, if, in the excitement, the engine had not become powerless. As it was, the engine "got stuck" on the centre, and, being in the way of the schooner, she was run into and sunk. The men on board had a narrow escape. It is possible that the unfortunate tug may be resurrected from her watery grave without serious injury. The boat, we understand, was not insured.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, June 8, 1863

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      NOTE.- It later appears that the tug BRITTON was sunk and not the SWIFT, see casualty below

The tug BRITTON was sunk in the lake a few days since by colliding with the schooner ANNA C. RAYNOR, about four miles from the lighthouse. She has been raised and was brought into port yesterday by the wrecking tug RELIEF.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, June 13, 1863

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Raised
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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O. L. Swift (Propeller), sunk by collision, 6 Jun 1863