The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
W. T. Robb (Propeller), C..., collision, 6 Nov 1866

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Collision Between A Canadian Gunboat And A U.S. Revenue Cutter.
      The Cutter Injured And The Gunboat Made To Surrender.
      There was a very suggestive collision on the river, Tuesday night, between the Canadian tug W.T. ROBB, which, it will be remembered, figured as a gunboat in the late Fenian war, and the United States Revenue Cutter, COMMODORE PERRY, which resulted in some damage to the wheel-house of the United States steamer, and a demand for reparation from Capt. Robb of the offending vessel. The ROBB was moving down the stream with considerable speed, and the PERRY not moving out of the way, was run into and damaged as stated above. The ROBB was promptly ordered to heave to, and before she could be released her commanding officer was required to enter into proper acknowledgments, by Capt. Ottinger, to indemnify the Government for the injuries inflicted. Capt. Robb having complied with the terms required, his vessel was allowed to proceed on her way.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, November 8, 1866

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Steam screw W.T. ROBB. Official Canada No. [none] Of 243 tons gross; 159 tons reg. Built Dunnsville, Ont., 1864. Home port, Dunnsville, Ont. 120.0 x 20.0 x 10.0 Owned by William Hall of Toronto, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: uninjured
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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W. T. Robb (Propeller), C..., collision, 6 Nov 1866