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Troy (Propeller), collision, 26 Oct 1900


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WAS THE WILBUR RACING
      The collision in the Grosse Point cut by which the steel consort MARTHA was sunk by the E. P. WILBUR so as to half block the channel, as described in the Free Press yesterday morning, is the strongest kind of argument for the government regulation of the entire channel, just as the St. Clair channel is ruled. The disaster, which means a loss of perhaps $30,000, might have been entirely avoided had the limit of speed through the channel been placed by government at, say, eight miles an hour, and all boats compelled to observe it.
      Capt. Hutton, who was compelled to put his steamer, the A. A. PARKER, and consort ashore to avoid running into the wrecked boats, reported privately to his owners that the Lehigh steamer WILBUR, which sunk the Minnesota barge MARTHA, and the Western liner TYOY had but a few minutes before the crash passed him at a high rate of speed, all bound up, and that he considered such action a shame. The fact that the forward end of the strong steel barge MARTHA is completely demolished for thirty feet back from the stem bears out Capt. Hutton's statement. Such radical injury could only have been caused by a propeller going at a high rate of speed. The MARIPOSA, towing the MARTHA, both deep laden with ore, down bound, could not have been going at better than seven miles an hour. Owing to the fact that their keels were within a couple of feet of the bottom. The WILBUR, on the other hand, was only partly loaded, drawing but eight feet forward, and in fine trim for racing. All of the foregoing evidence indicates that the TROY and WILBUR were racing, undoubtedly to be the first to reach the canal. As the disaster occurred in the Detroit local steamboat inspection district, the inspectors will probably know within a few weeks whether or not a race was on. Following their findings the inevitable lawsuit will also disclose the fact of a race, if there really was one.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 28, 1900
     


      The U. S. Court of Appeals at Cincinnati has handed down a degree in the celebrated TROY - WILBUR - MARTHA collision case, holding the TROY and WILBUR wholly responsible and partially reversing the decision of Judge Swan of Detroit. The accident occurred on the night of October 26, 1900, in Lake St. Clair. The owners of the MARTHA, which was sunk, may recover $43,000 damages.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, March 12, 1904





      The U. S. Court of Appeals at Cincinnati has handed down a degree in the celebrated TROY - WILBUR - MARTHA collision case, holding the TROY and WILBUR wholly responsible and partially reversing the decision of Judge Swan of Detroit. The accident occurred on the night of October 26, 1900, in Lake St. Clair. The owners of the MARTHA, which was sunk, may recover $43,000 damages.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, March 12, 1904


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Reason: collision
Remarks: Repaired
Date of Original:
1900
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McN.W.21002
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.400277 Longitude: -82.624166
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William R. McNeil
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Troy (Propeller), collision, 26 Oct 1900