The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Clyde (Propeller), sunk canal boat ?, 22 Oct 1891

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Chicago Lake Interests - In Chicago river there are many canal boats carrying stone from the canal to docks along the river. They are mostly old and tender. The ordinary rubbing of boats in that crooked and narrow channel will send an old canal boat to the bottom. Then the lake vessels are called upon to pay the loss. If a canal boat is lucky and gets rubbed often enough, she becomes almost as good as new without expense to their owners. They go up and down the river in tows at full speed, looking for all the world as they twist around like links of bologna. When the river is crowded, a basket of eggs at a prize fight is as safe as they are. Let it be recorded with joy that the two canal boats that collided in trying to get around the steamer CLYDE while going at full tilt had to divide the damage, and for once judge Blodgett did not make the lake steamer pay the bill. He was not lenient with the steamer SNOOK whose owners were assessed some $5,000 for sinking a canal boat three years ago. If the United States district judge had watched canal boats on Chicago river for several years and seen the recklessness with which they are run, he might give the lake boats a better show when these collision cases come before him. It does seem that admiralty ought to be warped a little, in some instances.
      The Marine Review
      October 22, 1891

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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Clyde (Propeller), sunk canal boat ?, 22 Oct 1891