Maritime History of the Great Lakes
George W. Bissell (Propeller), U10665, sunk, 1 Jun 1866
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The prop. G.W. BISSELL which was sunk a few days since near the mouth of the Detroit River, by collision with an unknown steamer, has been raised and brought into Clark's drydock, at this port.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 22, 1866

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Propeller GEORGE W.BISSELL, cargo lumber, sunk at Malden, June 1866; raised. Property loss, $1,500
      Casualty List for 1866
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      February 26, 1867

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Propeller G.W. BISSELL, of 496 tons, owned at Newport by Rust & Co. Bound from Cleveland to Detroit, sunk at mouth of Detroit River, Lake Erie, by collision, June 1866. Loss to ship $6,000; insurance $4,000. Loss to cargo $3,900 Insurance on cargo $2,000
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
      1863-1873. U. S. Coast Guard

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      A case of much interest is pending in the U.S. District Court. The parties are the owners of the Prop. ACME and GEORGE W. BISSELL. It appears that in June last the BISSELL was one night going down Lake Erie, being loaded with lumber and bound for Cleveland, and that opposite the Clay Banks discovered the prop. ACME coming up on a voyage from Buffalo to Chicago, partially loaded with merchandise. The owners of the ACME claim that about 1:00 in the morning her lookouts discovered the BISSELL a point and a half on her starboard bow, showing a green light and bright light, which she continued to show until she struck the ACME, head on, starboard midships. The owners of the BISSELL claim that her lookouts made the green light of the ACME nearly ahead at first, and that as she approached each showed the red light, but when about 80 rods off the ACME shut off both colored lights, and soon struck the port bow of the BISSELL with her starboard quarter, the BISSEL swinging with her wheel aport, and the ACME swinging with her wheel a starboard. The damage to the ACME was only about $100, while the BISSELL was injured to the extent of $2,000. It will thus be seen that there is an irreconcilable conflict between the testimony, and it must be subjected to the criticism of counsel and examination of the judge. - Detroit Post.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 3, 1868 3-4

NOTE: the year of the casualty in the B.C.A. March 3rd. article is in error ?

Steam screw GEORGE W. BISSELL. U. S. No. 10665. Of 278 tons gross. Built Marine City, Mich., 1866. First home port, Detroit, Mich. -- DISPOSITION, Rig changed to Barge, March 31, 1871
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 - 1868

Item Type
Reason: sunk
Hull damage: $1,500
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.08339 Longitude: -83.04985
William R. McNeil
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George W. Bissell (Propeller), U10665, sunk, 1 Jun 1866