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Seguin (Propeller), C94763, collision, 4 Aug 1902

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      Cleveland, Aug. 5. - As a result of a collision on Lake Erie between the CITY OF VENICE and the steamer SEGUIN, a steel lumber vessel, off Rondeau, Canada, last night, just after midnight, the former vessel was sunk and three lives were lost, while several persons were more or less seriously injured.
      The drowned:
      Peter Simondson, fireman, Brooklyn, N. Y.
      Thomas Flanigan, deckhand, Buffalo.
      George Weir, watchman, residence unknown.
      John Sullival, Chicago, contusion of back; will probably die.
      J.A. McDougal, Cheboygan, Mich., engineer City Of Venice, arm injured and body badly bruised.
      Louis Hubecker, Cheboygan, Mich., head and back badly bruised.
The cause of the collision is not known. There was no fog whatever, and the night was fairly clear. The lights of the CITY OF VENICE were burning brightly. The second mate of the SEGUIN, W.A. Levigne, who was on watch, refused absolutely to give any information about the accident. "The less said about it the better," was his only remark.
      The CITY OF VENICE, laden with 3,600 tons of ore, was bound to Buffalo, while the SEGUIN was going north to Parry Sound from Ogdensburg. On board the SEGUIN all were asleep save Lavigne, and a watchman with him in the pilot house. The first mate of the VENICE, Sullivan, was on watch aboard that boat. He is now in the hospital.
      The SEGUIN struck the VENICE fairly amidship, and plowed her way half through the boat.
      All those who were sleeping rushed out on deck, and there was a frightened panic for a time. The VENICE was sinking rapidly. Capt. Broderick ran on deck in his sleeping robes and called to the men to man the life boat. The members of the crew who had not been hurt rushed to his assistance, and in five minutes they had the boat in the water. Several of the men threw themselves overboard, but they were picked up by the life boats from the SEGUIN. The CITY OF VENICE went down in very deep water in less than 15 minutes after the collision occurred. After standing by for an hour the SEGUIN headed for Cleveland with the survivors, arriving here early today.
      The CITY OF VENICE was a wooden vessel, 301 feet long and 42 feet beam. She was owned by the McGraw Transportation Company of Bay City, Mich., and valued at about $175,000. She was commanded by Captain Broderick.
      The SEGUIN is an iron vessel, 207 feet long and 34 feet beam. She is owned by J.B. Miller of Parry Sound, and commanded by Capt. J.B. Sims.
      Although a wooden vessel, the CITY OF VENICE is given the highest rating by the Inland Lloyds. She was built in West Bay City in 1892 by James Davidson, and is owned by the T. McGRAW Company. Her dimensions are - 301 feet over all, 42 feet breadth, and 20 feet depth, with a gross tonnage of 2103.
      The CITY OF VENIRE cleared from Ashland last Friday with 3200 tons of iron ore for the High dock in this city. Capt. Edward Smith of Brown & Company, manager of the vessel, left here for Cleveland on the first train available after receiving news of the accident.
      She was insured for $75,000 and the policies were placed by Smith, Davis & Co., and Worthington & Sill of this city and Underwriters in other cities. Capt. Smith said this morning that the policies were with the owners at Bay City and that he could not tell the companies involved in the loss.
      The vessel is rated at $80,000 in Lloyd's Register, and is worth much more. Capt. Smith received a dispatch which said that the vessel was resting on a muddy bottom and it may be possible, if the hole stove in her by the collision did not cut her in two, to raise her.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 5, 1902

      The steamer CITY OF VENICE was sunk in collision with the steamer SEGUIN 50 miles off Cleveland and off Rondeau Ont. at 12:30 this morning. Three of the crew of the CITY OF VENICE were drowned. The CITY OF VENICE was bound from the upper lakes to Buffalo. The SUGUIN was bound up light. The two boats came together in the darkness. The iron boat struck the wooden one a little forward of amidships and sheared a great hole below the water line.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, August 5, 1902
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      The steamer SEGUIN, libeled by the owners of the CITY OF VENICE, which she sunk, is still in Cleveland. An examination of the boat shows that she has eight damaged plates in the bow and as many damaged frames.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 7, 1902

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Propeller SEGUIN. Official Canada No. 94763. Of 818 tons gross; 556 tons reg. Built Owen Sound, Ont., 1890. Home port, Owen Sound, Ont. 207.0 x 34.2 x 13.0 Owned by J.B. Miller of Parry Sound, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1898

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    Latitude: 42.2975 Longitude: -81.888611
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Seguin (Propeller), C94763, collision, 4 Aug 1902