Maritime History of the Great Lakes
City of Detroit (Steamboat), U125662, collision, 15 Aug 1882
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Detroit, Aug. 16. - At half past twelve o'clock on Monday night the steambarge ARAXES, bound up with two barges in tow, collided just above Bois Blanc Light, with the steamer CITY OF DETROIT, which was on her way from this port to Cleveland with passengers and freight. The DETROIT was struck on the port side forward of the paddle box, but no serious damage was done. The stern of the ARAXES was crushed in, the guard of the DETROIT going into her about five feet. The damage, however, was all above water, and the ARAXES was not under the necessity of going into the dry dock. She is being repaired by the Detroit Dry Dock Company. No one was hurt by the accident, although some of the passengers on the DETROIT were frightened. A misunderstanding of signals was the cause of the collision.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, Aug. 1882
Steam paddle CITY OF DETROIT. U. S. No. 125662. Of 1094.68 gross tons; 811.94 tons net. Built Wyandotte, Mich., 1874. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 234.0 x 36,0 x 13.0. Of 600. Nominal horse power
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Damage slight
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William R. McNeil
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City of Detroit (Steamboat), U125662, collision, 15 Aug 1882