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Specular (Propeller), U115876, collision, aground, 29 Jun 1891

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Detroit, June 29. -- A collision occurred between the steam barges SPECULAR, bound up, and MARTINI, bound down, at about 2 o'clock this morning off Bar Point, Lake Erie. The MARTINI was sunk. Her crew were rescued and brought to Detroit.
The SPECULAR in trying to pull the SPECULAR into shoal water ran aground. The SAGINAW has gone to their assistance.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Monday, June 29, 1891
The sinking of the steamship PONTIAC, referred to elsewhere, may not result in the total loss of the boat, as she will probably be raised, although the river current, her cargo and other obstacles will make the work difficult. Two other boats that have met with accidents during the past few days will, however, be numbered among the total losses. The propeller IRA CHAFFEE, valued at $7,500 and owned by J.P. Sullivan of Detroit was entirely destroyed at the Sault Saturday, and the schooner SILVER CLOUD, which went ashore near Port Washington, Lake Michigan, on the 7th inst. with a loss of three lives, has been given up as a total loss. The steamer MARTINI, sunk near the mouth of the Detroit river by the steamer SPECULAR, has been raised and will be repaired at IRONTON. Her damages are estimated at $1,200.
      Marine Review
      July 16, 1891
Steam screw SPECULAR. U. S. No. 115876. Of 1,741 gross tons; 1,439 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1882. Home port, Marquette, Mich. 263.7 x 34.8 x 20.1
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1900

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Reason: collision, aground
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.055277 Longitude: -83.116388
William R. McNeil
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Specular (Propeller), U115876, collision, aground, 29 Jun 1891