The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Alpha (Tug), U106036, collision, 11 Jun 1884

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The schooner SARDINIA, Capt. Howard, got her stern badly damaged on the 11th., outside the harbor. The tugs ALPHA and FLOSSIE THIELCKE were racing to get the tow, when the former, in endeavoring to avoid a collision with the latter, struck the schooner a very hard blow on the starboard quarter. The ALPHA obtained the tow, but it will cost her dearly, as the damage done to the schooner will foot up some $300 or more.
      Marine Record
      June 19, 1884
      Steam screw ALPHA. U. S. No. 106036. Of 86.64 tons gross; 43.32 tons net. Built at Chicago, Ill., in 1881. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 77.1 x 19.0 x 13.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1885. [steam vessels]

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Alpha (Tug), U106036, collision, 11 Jun 1884