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Glance (Propeller), U85922, sunk by collision, 28 Sep 1897

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      The yacht GLANCE, owned by Captain George Moon of Black Rock and in the service of the United States Government during the construction of the breakwater, was sent to the bottom of Buffalo river shortly before 1 o'clock this afternoon.
Capt. Moon's son, George, was in command of the yacht. There were three men aboard with him and all were thrown into the water. One man, the engineer, August Dilliard, was drowned.
The excursion steamer GAZELLE of the Crystal Beach Company was coming into the river at the time. So was the tug FRANK L. BAPST, owned by the Contractor Holloway. The BAPST was towing a load of stone.
According to Capt. McCrea of the GAZELLE the current of the tugs wheel threw the yacht against the GAZELLE, upsetting the yacht. Here is Capt. McCrea's story of the affair: "We were coming in past the piers. The tug BAPST with a big scow load of limestone was coming in as was also the yacht GLANCE. I gave the tug two whistles to show to the tug that I was going to keep on the side I was on at the time. Then I gave two whistles to the GLANCE. She was heading right in close to the scow. The captain of the GLANCE answered my two whistles. We were going along all right. There was plenty of room until the current of the BAPST's wheel threw the yacht right against the GAZELLE, turning the GLANCE bottom side up. We were under check at the time and were about to return to th
assistance of the men in the water when the crew of the life saving station appeared."
      The Life Saving crew recovered the body of Dilliard. Coroner Tucker was notified and ordered it removed to the Morgue.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, September 28, 1897 1-5

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      Coroner Investigating the Sinking of Yacht GLANCE by the stmr. GAZELLE.
Coroner Tucker sat at the morgue this morning and took evidence in the case of Augustus Dilliot, the engineer of the Government tug GLANCE, who lost his life on Sept. 28 by the foundering of the tug in Buffalo harbor.
      Maj. Thomas Symons, United States Engineer at this port, his assistant and George Moon, Jr., the captain of the GLANCE, swore that the steamer GAZELLE ran down the GLANCE.
      Thomas McCrea, captain of the GAZELLE, and his wheelsman and mate swore that the
GLANCE was thrown in front of the GAZELLE by the wash of the tug BAPST, and that the accident was unavoidable.
      The Coroner adjourned the case until Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, when he will take further testimony.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, October 5, 1897 1 - 1

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      Inspectors of Steam Vessels Give Their Decision in the GLANCE Accident.
      The United States local imspectors of steam vessels have given their decision in the investigation of the sinking of the steamer GLANCE in the Buffalo Creek, Sept. 28, in which Augustus Dilliott, the engineer on the GLANCE was drowned.
      After a careful review of the testimony they find that the steamer GAZELLE, while attempting to pass the GLANCE, crowded against her, causing her partly to overturn, fill with water and sink. The rules to avoid accidents of this kind, they say, are very plain, and had they been observed the accident would not have happened.
      The inspectors say that, judging from the testimony given in this case, the captains of the steamers were running at a greater speed than good judgment would permit under the circumstances. They were, therefore, held guilty of violation of Rule V1, Rules and Regulations for the Government of Pilots on the Great Lakes and their connecting and tributary waters.
      The master and first-class pilot's license of Charles McCrea of the steamer GAZELLE was revoked and the special pilot's license of George Moon, Jr., was suspended for one year, beginning Nov. 1, 1897.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, November 3, 1897 1 - 7

Steam screw GLANCE. U. S. No. 85922. Of 28.44 gross tons; 15.00 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1886. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 51.0 x 10.7 x 5.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1897

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 1
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Glance (Propeller), U85922, sunk by collision, 28 Sep 1897