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New Orleans (Propeller), U130333, struck bridge, 1 Jun 1897

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      Piling at Michigan Street Makes More Trouble--Bridge House Smashed.
The steamer NEW ORLEANS crashed against the temporary bridge over Buffalo Creek at Michigan street last night, wrecking the little house used to protect the bridge tenders and slightly damaging the bridge. The NEW ORLEANS signaled in time for the bridge to open. The bridge tenders opened it immediately and the course for the NEW ORLEANS was clear. In going through the passage, the vessel struck the piling with considerable force. The collision sent it back against the bridge and the little shanty, which extends four feet over the bridge, was shattered.
Fortunately there was no one in it at the time. Part of it dropped into the creek and the rest lay broken on the bridge. Harbor Master Soper was notified of the accident and he will endeavor to learn who is responsible. The piles against which the boat ran are used to support the temporary structure and have caused much trouble during the season.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, June 1, 1897

Steam screw NEW ORLEANS. U. S. No. 130333. Of 1,457 tons gross; 1,169 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich., 1885. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 231.8 x 38.0 x 13.6 Of 938 indicated horsepower. Crew of 15.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902

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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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New Orleans (Propeller), U130333, struck bridge, 1 Jun 1897