The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
America (Barge), sunk by collision, 1880

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Milwaukee Sentinel, -- Captains of vessels arriving from Clay Banks report that the topmasts of some sunken vessel, supposed to be the AMERICA, which was sunk by collision last year, are projecting out of the water, about three miles due Southeast of Clay Banks' piers. One of the spars projects above the surface about ten feet, and the other not more than one foot. The wreck is a dangerous obstruction to navigation, and cannot be seen during stormy weather. There is no doubt that it is the wreck of the AMERICA, as her spars were visible at that point last season. An effort to have the dangerous obstruction removed will probably be made at once, and it was understood yesterday that a petition for that purpose will be circulated at once.
      Cleveland Herald
      Tuesday, July 26, 1881
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      The following notice was sent out by the local hydrographic office. Capt. Hiram B. Reiss of the stm. RALEIGH reports having struck on April 29, and obstruction on the course between Colchester and the middle grounds lighthouse. He was then about 4 miles N.W. by W. 1/2 W. from the Middle Grounds light and about 1,000 ft. to the westward of the wreck of the barge AMERICA.
      The captain of the stm. CITY OF GLASGOW reported striking in the same place.
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      May 2, 1907 9-1

NOTE:-- It is presumed that both casualties refer to the same wreck ???

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Reason: sunk by collision
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.98339 Longitude: -82.93314
William R. McNeil
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America (Barge), sunk by collision, 1880