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Philadelphia (Propeller), U20142, sunk by collision, 6 Nov 1893

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      Steamers PHILADELPHIA And ALBANY Collide And Sink In Lake Huron.
      LOSS IF OVER $400,000
      The Crew Probably Saved.
      Sand Beach, Mich., Nov. 17. - The steamer ALBANY of the Western Transportation Company, loaded with grain, and the steamer PHILADELPHIA of the Anchor Line, loaded with coal and general merchandise, two large freight boats, collide off Point Aux Barques in the dense fog last night and both sank shortly afterwards in 200 feet of water.
      The PHILADELPHIA struck the ALBANY head on forward of No. 2 gangway. All hands got on board the PHILADELPHIA and she towed the ALBANY half an hour, when the latter vessel sank. The PHILADELPHIA went down 30 minutes later.
      Both crews got away in two small boats. One of them, with both captains and 20 men, reached shore at Point Aux Barques at 8 A. M. this morning, but the other has not yet been heard from.
      At the office of the Anchor Line today it was learned that both vessels with their cargoes were doubtless insured and that no lives were lost. The PHILADELPHIA was bound up from Buffalo and the ALBANY had a load of grain and general merchandise from Chicago and Milwaukee for this port.
The steamer ALBANY was a steel vessel of 1,677 tons and was built by the Detroit Dry-Dock Company in 1884. She was rated A 1 in Inland Lloyds and was valued at about $175,000. The PHILADELPHIA was a smaller vessel, registering 1,277 tons. She was built in this city in 1867 by David Bell, and was one of the first iron vessels constructed by him. She rated A 2 and was valued at about $90,000. Both vessels are total losses and including their cargoes were probably worth $400,000.
      Both vessels were officered by experienced and trustworthy men, Captain E.A. Huff was master of the PHILADELPHIA and Captain R.A. McDonald was in command of the ALBANY.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      November 7, 1893

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      The iron steamers PHILADELPHIA and ALBANY collided off Point aux Barques at 2 o'clock this morning. The PHILADELPHIA hit the ALBANY head on. The ALBANY sank first and then the PHILADELPHIA in 200 feet of water. The ALBANY was downbound with grain for Buffalo and the PHILADELPHIA was upbound with general cargo. Thirteen bodies have been recovered, 10 are still missing
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, November 7, 1893

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Steam screw PHILADELPHIA. U.S. No. 20142. Of 1,463.60 tons gross; ,230.15 tons net. Built at Buffalo, N.Y., in 1868. Home port, Erie, Pa. 236.0 x 24.3 x 14.0 Of 510 nominal horse power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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William R. McNeil
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Philadelphia (Propeller), U20142, sunk by collision, 6 Nov 1893