The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
New Orleans (Propeller), U130333, collision, 1 Oct 1899

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Buffalo, August 14. -- On October 1, 1899, the steamer NEW ORLEANS, coming into the harbor, had a collision with the tug E.E. FROST, outward bound. Capt. Louis P. Cole, was in the pilot house of the FROST, and was steering the boat. As the NEW ORLEANS struck the smaller craft her bow cut into the tugboat and the latter went to the bottom. Capt. Cole found himself in a perilous position as the boat sank beneath the surface. The door of the pilothouse had become jammed in the collision and Cole was imprisoned. Finally the pressure of the water on the outside became so great that Cole was enabled to get the door opened and float to the surface. As an outcome of the collision, Cole has filed a libel in admiralty against the steamer NEW ORLEANS for $10,000 and costs. The steamer was seized by a United States marshal several days ago, but has since been released upon the filing of a surety company bond for $10,000 by the owners of the vessel. Cole say that as a result of his experience in the cabin of the FROST after the collision with the NEW ORLEANS, he contracted an illness which he believes to be permanent. He further states that he at that time suffered pain and anguish to the extent of $10,000.
      Detroit Free Press
      August 15, 1900

Steam screw NEW ORLEANS. U. S. No. 130333. Of 1,457 tons gross; 1,169 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich., 1885. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 231.8 x 38.0 x 13.6 Of 938 indicated horsepower. Crew of 15.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Uninjured
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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New Orleans (Propeller), U130333, collision, 1 Oct 1899