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City of Detroit (Steamboat), collision, 17 Jul 1890

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The steamer CITY OF DETROIT last evening at 6:30 struck and sank the steambarge KASOTA in mid river oposite the Exposition buildings and the KASOTA sank in less than a minute and a half. One life, Mrs. Sticney, was lost. The KASOTA was loaded with iron ore from Escanaba to Cleveland. The cause of the collision was the loss of the steering gear aboard the CITY OF DETROIT. The KASOTA is a total loss, being cut almost completely in two.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, July 18, 1890
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      Prlvate dispatches to Chicago underwrIters give the result of a special diver's visit to the wreck of the fine steamship KASOTA. This craft was one of the largest on the lakes, and had splendid machinery and equipment. There was insurance of $100,000 and over on the hull and $10,000 on the cargo of iron ore. This
insurance has all been paid, the companies on the hull being the Commercial Union. Smith & Davis, the North America, London Assurance, Detroit Fire and Marine, Michigan Fire and Marine, etc. Having been such a fine craft of course the companies want to know just what the condition of the wreck is. Good vessels are often sold by the Insurance companies for mere songs, on the strength of some unreliable diver's report that they had almost gone to pieces and were not worth recovery, and the purchasers would afterward get the craft up.
      Capt. Falcon, who Is at work getting the iron ore out of the KASOTA, is a good, reliable diver, and a man of lntegrity, but another diver was sent down to examine the steamer, and his report is just received by the interested parties. It is a great disappointment. It is to the effect that she Is literally broken In two. The cargo Is almost all raised, and when the machinery and everything of value is brought up it is understood that the hull will be abandoned. The KASOTA was sunk by collision with the CITY OF DETROIT.
IIf the divers could only find the schooners W. C. KIMBALL and THOMAS HUME, lost with all hands, two more secrets of the deep would be divulged. It is believed that both these vessels were run down by steamers, the
officers of which failed to come forward and report the fact
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Monday, June 1, 1891

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
William R. McNeil
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City of Detroit (Steamboat), collision, 17 Jul 1890