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G. H. Morley (Propeller), collision, 31 Aug 1891

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Detroit, Sept. 1. -- The small steambarge E. H. JENKS was sunk about midnight last night by the steamer MORLEY near Ballard's reef, Detroit river. Three lives were lost aboard the JENKS; Mrs. Ekbert, the captains wife; Albert Jacob, of Port Clinton, Ohio, second engineer, and a fireman, name unknown. He was called
Jim, and shipped at Port Huron.
She lies in about 20 feet of water on west bank, little below the red light. She is loaded with stone and nothing can be seen of her but her smokestack and spars. It is stated that the MORLEY blew one whistle and repeated the signal twice without receiving answer, and just before the boats met, the JENKS starboarded her wheel to cross the MORLEY's bow. She was struck aft, and those lost were probably prevented from getting out by the escaping Steam.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, September 1, 1891

      Loss of Two Small Boats.
Three lives were lost in a collision between steamer MORLEY and the small propeller JENKS near Ballard's reef, Detroit river, Tuesday night. The JENKS was cut in two and sank in 20 feet of water on the west bank, just below the float light. She was owned by the Jenks Shipbuilding Company of Port Huron, registered 105 tons and was valued at $7,000 The MORLEY is owned by Hawgood & Avery of Cleveland. The channel is very narrow in this locality and the sunken boat, which is laden with stone, will prove a serious obstruction to navigation.
      Marine Review
      September 3, 1891
      Notices to Mariners.
      The wreck of the small steambarge EDWARD JENKS, sunk by collision with the G.W. MORLEY, lies near Ballard's reef, Detroit river, very close to the channel. Capt. J. W. Westcott of Detroit advises vessels to pass to the eastward.
      Marine Review
      September 3, 1891

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Reason: collision
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.1556 Longitude: -83.12992
William R. McNeil
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G. H. Morley (Propeller), collision, 31 Aug 1891