The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sep. 9, 1885

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The Canadian Tug Bob Hackett Sunk
in a Collision near Amherstburg

A report reached this city last midnight that the Canadian tug Bob Hackett had collided with the Western Line propeller St. Magnus, bound from Kingston to Port Arthur, near the head of Bois Blanc Island (Detroit R.) on the range, about 7:45 p.m. and sunk in sixteen feet of water. Capt. Young, of the tug John Owen, which passed up with a tow at 1:30 this morning, verified the report, and stated that the Hackett was sinking when he passed her at 9 p.m., and that her port light was just above water. The mate of the ferry Hope, which arrived up at 2:30, reports that the lights shown by the St. Magnus were very dim and could hardly be discovered when the collision occurred.

The Hackett was one of the best known tugs on the river and was commanded by Capt. Geo. Odette. She was built in this city in 1869 by Jones, measured 162 tons, rated A2½, and was valued in the Inland Lloyd's register at $5,000. She was sold at auction last spring and was bought in by several Windsor capitalists, Odette & Wherry being the principal owners. Very little repairs had been made on her since she was built, and consequently she was pretty well used up. The amount for which she was insured could not be learned last night, although it was learned that the Western Assurance Company, of Toronto, carries a marine risk on the hull.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sep. 9, 1885