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Smith Moore (Propeller), U115721, sunk by collision, 14 Jul 1884

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Marquette Mich. July 14 The Propellor SMITH MOORE of Cleveland, laden with iron ore, collided with the propellor JAMES P. PICKANDS, of the same line in a heavy fog when 10 miles off Grand Island yesterday morning, and was badly disabled . A steambarge attempted to get her into shallow water inside Munsing Harbor. Three hundred feet from the mouth of the harbor the MOORE began to sink and the steambarge took off the crew. The propellor went down in a few minutes. She lies in 70 feet of water. Both boats were blowing fog signals, but were too close to avoid a collision when they saw each other.
      Oswego Palladium
      July 15, 1884

NOTE:- The JAMES PICKANDS was not built in 1884, however the H.S. PICKANDS was built in 1884 and had to be the vessel, if the July 15, 1884 date is correct ?

      The new prop. JAMES PICKANDS, launched at Quayle's shipyard, Cleveland, on Saturday (5/22), will cost $110,000. Her length ove all is 250 ft.; length of keel 235 ft.; depth of hold, 20 ft.; beam, 30 ft.; keel 10 x 14 inches; main keelson, 16 x 16 inches; assistant keelson, 14 x 16; floor keelsons, 10 x 13 inches; frames 16 inches at center, at bilge 15 inches, at top 8 inches. She has double thickness 6 inch flitch, with extra floors running from the bilge to bilge. Her motive power is a steel boiler ?? ft. in length, 6 1/2 ft. shell, and a compound engine, cylinders 27 inches and 52 inches with 42 inch stroke; wheel 11 ft. in diameter, 14 ft. lead; shaft 10 1/2 inches. She carries 3 masts, fore and main masts 95 ft., mizzenmast 85, topmasts all 50 ft.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 24, 1886 3-4

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: iron
Remarks: Raised
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.41106 Longitude: -86.64794
William R. McNeil
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Smith Moore (Propeller), U115721, sunk by collision, 14 Jul 1884