The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
James Ash (Tug), collision, 1 Aug 1878

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The harbor tugs A.P. WRIGHT and JAMES ASH had a collision off Point Abino Thursday morning, while after a tow. The former running into the latter on the port side and striking her a severe blow amidships, which caused her to leak. The WRIGHT passed a line to the ASH, which was towed under the point, where she shortly afterward sank alongside the dock. At the time of the collision a fireman of the WRIGHT had his left hand badly crushed, while trying to get out a fender, and may possibly lose two or three fingers. The tug BILL MORSE, with a steam pump and canvas, left the Point at 7 o'clock Friday morning to bring her to this port. The damage is estimated at $400 or $500. A suit will undoubtedly grow out of the collision, and then the blame for the accident will be properly placed. -- Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, 3rd.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      August 5, 1878

      The damages to the tug ASH, which arrived at Buffalo on Saturday, from Point Abino, in tow of the BILL MORSE, are more serious than was at first apprehended. The blow inflicted by the WRIGHT was sufficient to drive the planksheer and cabin combings through to the opposite side, and, by its severity, the engine of the ASh is for the present rendered useless. The entire cost of repairing her is estimated at $1,000. She has gone to the Union Dry Dock.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      August 6, 1878

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.836111 Longitude: -79.095277
William R. McNeil
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James Ash (Tug), collision, 1 Aug 1878