Brightie (Barge), U2587, adrift & beached, 17 Aug 1905
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Capt. Robert McMurray of the tug INTERNATIONAL averted what might have been a serious accident at the foot of Ferry St. Thursday by catching two barges heavily laden with lumber, which had broken away from the steamer
BRADLEY just as they were entering the river.
The barges BRIGHTIE and GOSHAWK were in tow of the BRADLEY when the line holding them parted. The barges began to drift helplessly down the east side of the river near the American shore and threatened to crash into
Capt. McMurray set out with the INTERNATIONAL to catch the drifting craft. He caught the BRIGHTIE and had towed her but a short distance when she unshipped her rudder.
McMurray beached the BRIGHTIE in the mud of Squaw Island and then directed his attentions to the GOSHAWK and before long had her also in tow, took her safely through the bridge and turned her over to the BRADLEY.
Capt. McMurray said after the accident that it was necessary to beach the BRIGHTIE under the circumstances to prevent damage. She was carrying about 800,000 ft. of lumber.
The International Gazette
August 19, 1905 1-4
Schooner BRIGHTIE. U. S. No. 2587. Of 600.80 tons [?] Built Cleveland, O., 1868. Home port, East Saginaw, Mich.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884
Schooner BRIGHTIE. U. S. No. 2587. Of 600.80 tons gross; 570.76 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1868. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 182.0 x 33.2 x 13.0
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891
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- William R. McNeil
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