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Yuma (Propeller), U27655, struck bridge, 7 Mar 1908

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      Two Sections Carried Into Maumee River - Men On Structure Carried In, Too
Toledo, O., March 7. - Yesterday afternoon, the big steel steamer YUMA was torn from her moorings by the rush of ice and water in the Maumee river, and crashed into the 200-foot bridge connecting the two sections of the city, tearing out a span and carrying it into the river.
      Harbormaster Page was on the span and was thrown into the river. He was rescued. Two other men were caught in the crash and one of them was seriously injured.
      The river is now falling in front of the city, but the streets along the dock are flooded, and the basements of many business houses are filled with water, resulting in a great amount of damage.
      Toledo, O., March 7. - As a result of the Maumee River flood and the breaking down of the Cherry Street bridge, East Toledo, with a population of 50,000 is without fire protection and last night was without lights. Its street car service was at a standstill for several hours, but the traffic was practically resumed today, power being obtained from the Interurban lines, which enters that part of the city.
      Stephen Caswell, who was hit by a flying hawser of the YUMA when she broke from her moorings, died last night. The river is falling and no further trouble is anticipated.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, March 7, 1908


Schooner JOHN MARTIN. U. S. No. 75717. Of 937.75 tons gross; 890.87 tons net, Built Cleveland, O., 1873. Home port, Cleveland, O. 220.2 x 34.2 x 14.2
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S. , 1885

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    Latitude: 41.66394 Longitude: -83.55521
William R. McNeil
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Yuma (Propeller), U27655, struck bridge, 7 Mar 1908