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City of Mackinac (Steamboat), collision, 30 May 1892

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The passenger stm. CITY OF MACKINAC, which arrived here
today, collided with the tug WASHBURN in Detroit River. John
Hurley, owner of the MAJESTIC and engineer Robertson were
drowned. The Captain of the MACKINAC says that she left Detroit
at 10:30 last night and when just above Griswold St. he saw the
stm. MAJESTIC round up just ahead of him. When near Woodward
Ave. the tug WASHBURN which was alongside of the MAJESTIC
attempted to to cross the MACKINAC's bow. He says he could not
see the WASHBURN when she was alongside the MAJESTIC. He backed
the MACKINAC strong to avoid the collision, but it was too late.
He rendered what assistance he could to the wrecked tug. Mr.
Hurley was also owner of the WASHBURN, and was giving the
MAJESTIC orders at the time of the collision. Boats were lowered
from the steamer, and search was made for the survivors. The
steamer was not damaged.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 30, 1892 3-4

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: uninjured
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
William R. McNeil
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City of Mackinac (Steamboat), collision, 30 May 1892