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Ohio (Propeller), sunk by collision, 18 May 1890

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The steamer SIBERIA collided with the OHIO in Mud Lake on Monday. The OHIO sank and lies in 32 feet of water and is still sinking deeper in the mud.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, May 22, 1890

The OHIO-SIBERIA collision case was put on in United States court at Detroit this week. The OHIO, which was sunk in Mud lake, May 19 1890, sues the SIBERIA and SAMUEL MATHER for $79,611. The complainant claims that near Sailors' Encampment the SIBERIA sheered toward the OHIO and notwithstanding the latter tried to get out of the way she was struck and sunk in a few minutes. Another claim is that no lookout was on either boat. The suction caused by the MATHER passing the SIBERIA will also enter into the case. Altogether it will be as interesting a case as has been heard this term.
      Marine Review
      March 5, 1891

The steam barge EIGHTH OHIO, which sunk last fall and was raised during the winter, is now lying near the Bay City dry-dock. She will probably be docked in the course of a few days and rebuilt. The boat was broken completely in two.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Monday, May 18, 1891
The rebuilt steamer OHIO will leave Bay City next Saturday on her first trip since being sunk in St. Mary's River nearly two years ago. She is given an A 2 rating and a valuation of $50,000 in Inland Lloyds Register.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Saturday, August 22, 1891
      Famous OHIO Case.
Judge Severns of the United States district court has just handed down a decision that adds another chapter to the famous OHIO case, which grew out of the sinking of the steamer OHIO in the Sault river in 1890, through fouling with the steamers SIBERIA and MATHER, the latter of which (the wooden MATHER) has since been lost. The OHIO was adjudged to be damaged on the survey as reported by a commissioner to the extent of $46,317.17. Among admiralty lawyers in the case were John C. Shaw of Detroit and C.E. Cremer of Chicago, for the Ohio, H.D. Goulder, Cleveland, and F.H. Canfield, Detroit, representing the SIBERIA, and J.H. Hoyt Cleveland, and H.C. Wisner and Alfred Russell, Detroit, representing the MATHER The case was first tried before Judge Hammond, who found all vessels in fault, and decreed two-thirds of the OHIO's damage against the other boats. An important point of law here arose. and the SIBERIA and MATHER excepted to the commissioner's report as exorbitant, and raised the question whether the owners of the OHIO had the right to recover demurrage which was included in the commissioner's report. This was made on the ground that the OHIO's owners by abandonment had parted with their title and right to the use of the vessel, and they therefore. could not recover demurrage, which is profit that they claim they would have made from her use. Judge Severns, however, overruled all exceptions and confirmed the commissioner's report, excepting that he adds to such report and enlarges the damages recoverable by the OHIO, by allowing interest on all claims since 1890. The total amount thus decreed aggregate in round numbers, $64,000. The end of this case has of course not been heard as yet. It will be passed upon by a higher court.
      Marine Review
      December 3, 1896

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    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
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Ohio (Propeller), sunk by collision, 18 May 1890