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Metropolis (Schooner), U16414, struck bridge, 8 Jul 1881

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A BAD ACCIDENT. -- About 8 o'clock last evening Main Street bridge was run into by the schooner METROPOLIS, while in tow of the tug DREADNAUGHT. They were passing up throught the draw of the bridge, when they were caught in a swift current, which the tug men say was caused by the steamer CUMBERLAND working her wheel while lying at Barnhisel's coal dock. The machinery of the CUMBERLAND is out of order, and they were experimenting with the engine. The vessel came up against the bridge with terrible force, breaking off her jibboom, bowsprit, headgear, knight heads, ginger head forward, and damaging her about $250.
      It is known that the bridge was badly damaged, but its extent was not learned, as at a late hour last night the bridge and schooner were still fast. They were chopping away loosening them, and the DREADNAUGHT was trying to pull the vessel clear of the bridge.
      Cleveland herald
      July 9, 1881

Schooner METROPOLIS. U. S. No. 16414. Of 245.94 tons gross; 233.64 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1857. Home port, Chiacgo, Ill. 124.7 x 28.2 x 11.1.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: struck bridge
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $250
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Metropolis (Schooner), U16414, struck bridge, 8 Jul 1881