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William D. (Propeller), U81392, sunk by collision, 14 Aug 1900

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Ashtabula, August 4. -- The tug WILLIAM D., of the great Lakes Towing Company got under the bow of the steamer WAWATAM today and was rolled over and sunk. Henry Stearns, a lineman was drowned. The rest of the crew escaped death by clinging to the life raft and were picked up by the steamer. The WILLIAM D. went out to pick up the WAWATAM and came up with her about two miles from shore. It was about 7 o'clock in the morning, and in some way the tug got directly under the bow of the big freighter, which was moving through the water with considerable speed. The tug was rolled over until the water poured through the cabin doors and windows and filled the hull. It sank in ten fathoms of water.
      Detroit Free Press
      August 14, 1900
The tug WILLIAM D. of the Great Lakes Towing Co., got under the bow of the steamer WAWATAM Tuesday afternoon and was rolled over and sank. One drowned.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, August 16, 1900
Steam screw WILLIAM D. U. S. No. 81392. Of 51 tons gross; 25 tons net. Built Ashtabula, Ohio, 1892. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 70.0 x 19.2 x 7.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1900
NOTE:-- abandoned 1910
      Herman Runge Notes

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 1
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.86505 Longitude: -80.78981
William R. McNeil
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William D. (Propeller), U81392, sunk by collision, 14 Aug 1900