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Silvanus J. Macy (Propeller), U115834, collision, 20 Sep 1881

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Detroit, Sept. 20. -- This morning at 5 o'clock, the steambarge MACY, bound up, collided with and sunk the schooner VICTOR, bound down, with 16,000 bushels of wheat in tow of the tug JEROME. The officers of the MACY say they whistled for port side and were answered with one whistle, but immediately afterwards, she reared to starboard, causing the accident. The VICTOR was struck on the starboard bow and sunk in forty feet of water, 1,000 feet from the Canada side, between Walkerville and Windsor. The masts project thirty feet above water, making a dangerous obstruction to navigation.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, September 21, 1881

Detroit, Oct. 21. -- Mr. Brown, of Hamilton, Ontario, was in the city yesterday looking after the schooner VICTOR. He sold the VICTOR last year while she rested on the bottom of Detroit River after her collision with the MACY, but has taken her back again, purchasers having failed to pay for her. The VICTOR was seized here last summer, and has since been in the bone-yard. She was bonded yesterday and taken to Windsor, where she will probably be placed in winter quarters. Mr. Brown speaks in the highest terms of the new propeller building at Hamilton, and says she will be in commission early next season.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, October, 1882

Steam screw SILVANUS J. MACY. U. S. No. 115834. Of 752 tons gross; 613 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich., 1881. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 164.6 x 31.8 x 11.4 Crew of 12. Of 700 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.30008 Longitude: -83.01654
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Silvanus J. Macy (Propeller), U115834, collision, 20 Sep 1881