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Pathfinder (Propeller), U12770, sunk by collision, 1 Sep 1895

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      Collision At Duluth Due To Criminal Carelessness Or Intention--One Man Drowned.
Duluth, Minn., Sept. 2, - For some months past there has been intense rivalry between the Inman and Singer tug lines at this port, and each has made the most of every opportunity to secure tows. This rivalry has finally culminated in a fatality.
      The tug MEDINAH of the Singer line was running alongside the steamer JOLIET as the latter was passing up the bay and was about to take her line, when the PATHFINDER of the Inman line cut across the bows of the steamer and the MEDINAH without signalling. A collision at once occurred.
      The MEDINAH struck the PATHFINDER and she rolled over like a log. Her crew jumped and all except fireman Jacob Wasser were saved. They were picked up by a passing ferry. The fireman jumped on the side towards which the tug was rolling and was carried down under her. The PATHFINDER turned completely over and lies in 14 feet of water, with her smokestack just protruding above water.
      Capt. Leitsel of the MEDINAH and Capt. Brown of the PATHFINDER were arrested and locked up.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, September 2, 1895

      The Inman tug PATHFINDER, while racing with the tug MEDINA at Duluth on Sunday, rolled over and sank. One man drowned.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, September 2, 1895
Steam screw PATHFINDER*. U. S. No. 12770. Of 38.01 tons gross; 19.00 tons net. Built at Chicago, Ill., in 1863. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 69.0 X 15.7 X 8.5
      * Formerly steam screw J.A. CRAWFORD.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895

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  • Minnesota, United States
    Latitude: 46.78327 Longitude: -92.10658
William R. McNeil
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Pathfinder (Propeller), U12770, sunk by collision, 1 Sep 1895