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Gladiator (Propeller), U85263, collision, 28 Aug 1882

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Yesterday the tug GLADIATOR bound up with a tow, collided with and sunk the MOCKING BIRD, down, light, a little nearer Canada than the place where the VICTOR sunk last summer. The GLADIATOR blew one and the MOCKING BIRD announced two. Both turned towards Canada. The MOCKING BIRD struck on the starboard amidships and sunk in 10 minutes. The crew were saved. She was insured for $12,800. A few inches of her smokestack shows above water.
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      August 29, 1882 8-3

At about 1:00 this morning the tug MOCKING BIRD bound down, and the tug GLADIATOR bound up, had a collision in the channel opposite Walkerville. The MOCKING BIRD was struck on the starboard bow and sank in a few minutes.
      Port Huron Times
      August 28, 1882

Steam screw GLADIATOR. U. S. No. 85263. Of 220.88 tons gross; 153.19 tons net. Built Port Huron, Mich., 1871. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 115.8 x 22.3 x 12.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.31678 Longitude: -82.99984
William R. McNeil
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Gladiator (Propeller), U85263, collision, 28 Aug 1882