The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chicago (Tug), sunk by collision, 27 Jul 1892

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Chicago, July 27. -- The tug CHICAGO of Danham's line and the steamer CITY OF CONCORD collided two miles off Hyde park early this morning. The tug was overturned and went to the bottom instantly. Oscar Page, stewart, and William kopfer, linesman, were asleep in the cabin and went down with the tug. Captain Brandstretter got hold of a life raft and engineer Langto swam to the steamer while Alexander Towl, fireman, floated around until picked up by a boat from the steamer.
      The captain of the tug claims that the steamer suddenly took a sheer towards him, while the captain of the CITY OF CONCORD states that the tug attempted to cross his bows. The tug will be pulled in shallow water and raised.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, July 27, 1892
      Chicago, July 28. -- Although tug have been dragging the lake since daybreak on trace of the tug CHICAGO sunk yesterday by the CITY OF CONCORD has been found.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Thursday, July 28, 1892
      Chicago, July 29. -- The sunken tug CHICAGO was located at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Tugs had been dragging the bottom of the lake for 10 hours before she was located.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, July 29, 1892
      Chicago, August 2. -- The tug CHICAGO was dragged into harbor this afternoon, The bodies of Oscar Page, cook, and William Kopfer, lineman, were recover from the wreck. The tug is not damaged much.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, August 2, 1892

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 2
Remarks: Raised
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.7942 Longitude: -87.59394
William R. McNeil
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Chicago (Tug), sunk by collision, 27 Jul 1892