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Old Concord (Barge), U18923, struck bridge, 18 Sep 1881

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      By the Barge OLD CONCORD colliding With the Seneca Street Bridge.
Last evening, about 8 o'clock, the barge OLD CONCORD, while in tow of the tug FANNIE TUTHILL, ran into Seneca Street bridge, damaging the draw so that it could not be closed, interrupting travel and severing communications of the South Side Railroad Line. The circumstances connected with the accident, as told by the bridge-tenders, are as follows:
The tug was coming down the river at rather a lively rate of speed, having the barge in tow, the bridge standing open to allow both to pass. In rounding the bend at the forge the TUTHILL did not check up sufficiently, and the barge swung toward the dock. Hoping to avoid a collision with the dock the tug put on an extra force of steam. The barge took a sheer, avoided the dock, but ran into the bridge. The bridge tender claims to have tried to turn the bridge to prevent the collision. At any rate the bridge was damaged so that travel was interrupted for several hours, and the passage of street cars entirely suspended. Cars will be running as usual this morning. The barge fell away from the bridge, and was towed out into the lake. Whether it was damaged or not cannot be ascertained. The tug owner will be held responsible for the amount of damage done to the bridge, which is in the neighborhood of $50.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, September 19, 1881

Steam screw OLD CONCORD. U. S. No. 18923. Of 457 tons gross. Built Detroit, Mich., 1855. First home port, Detroit, Mich. DISPOSITION. -- Rig changed to a schooner April 20, 1876.
      Merchant Steam Vessles of the U. S. A.
      Lytle -- Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Reason: struck bridge
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Old Concord (Barge), U18923, struck bridge, 18 Sep 1881