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At sea, on his passage to England, May 3d, the Rev. W. Johnson, Missionary at Sierra Leone. On the 6th, also at sea, Rev. S. Flood, first Colonial Chaplain at Sierra Leone. On the 24th of April at Sierra Leone, Mr. Bunner, Schoolmaster at Freetown. On the 24th W. H. Schemel, Missionary, and on the 8th of May, Rev. H. Palmer. The death of these individuals is a severe loss to the colony, and to the flourishing churches which have arisen under their labors. [The Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, PA), 29 Oct 1823 Page 3]
 
Internal Improvements
The Secretary of War has directed circulars to be addressed to all the captains of steam boats which navigate the Ohio and Mississippi, requesting the aid of their experience, as to the best mode of removing the sawyers, planters or snags, in those rivers. He has ordered Major Long, of the Topographical Engineers, to proceed to the Ohio river, in order to make an experiment, in removing a sandbar in that river, so as to ascertain the practicability and best mode of improving its navigation, obstructed chiefly by sandbars.
A board of engineers, composed of General Bernard, Colonel Totten, John L. Sullivan, Dr. Howard of Baltimore, Mr. Shriver of Pennsylvania, Captain Poussin of the topographical engineers, and Lieutenants Courtenay and Dutton of the corps of engineers, set up on Saturday from Washington to examine the best route for a canal from the Potomac to the Ohio, and from thence to Lake Erie. There will, says the latest Washington Republican, be placed under the orders of the board, four topographical brigades, each consisting of six topographers or surveyors; to first to be commanded by Major Albert, the second by Capt. M’Neal, and the third by Mr. Shriver, and the fourth not yet designated, for the purpose of making a minutes and (?) survey of the route. These measures will effectively ascertain, before the next meeting of congress, the practicability of a water communication between the Chesapeake and Lake Erie, by the way of the Potomac. The board, we understand, after they have examined the route, are to meet the commissioners of Pennsylvania at Pittsburg, to aid them in making a reconnaissance between that place and Philadelphia.
Thus it will appear, that the President and Mr. Calhoun have with the most patriotic promptitude adopted measures to carry into effect the two acts of congress just passed, providing for surveys and plans of routes for canals and roads, and for the improvement of the navigation of the Ohio and Mississippi.

[Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) June 16 1824; Submitted by Nancy Piper]

Ohio and Mississippi Rivers
The contract for clearing the Ohio and Mississippi rivers of sawyers and snags, under the proposals of the Engineer Department, issued by order of the Secretary of War, in conformity with the act of Congress of the 24th of May last, making an appropriation for the improvement of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, has been decided in favor of the proposals of Mr. John Bruce, of Lewis county, Kentucky, which were the lowest received. The contract includes the Mississippi from St. Louis to its mouth, and the Ohio from Pittsburgh to its junction with the Mississippi. We congratulate the Western people on the prospect of having these two noble rivers shortly freed from the obstructions which have hitherto been so dangerous to their navigation, and the cause of so great a loss of property and of lives. – National Journal. [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)September 29, 1824; Submitted by Nancy Piper]

 

STEAMBOATS CASUALTIES and INVESTIGATIONS, 1901-1902
Source: "Annual Report of the Inspector-General, Steamboat Inspection Service for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1902, Washington Government Printing Office, 1902; transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team


CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW
FIRST DISTRICT - LOCAL DISTRICT OF SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - 1901

January 4 - Steamer Iaqua stuck on Duxbury Reef, California, and filled, but was gotten off and towed to San Francisco. Some of her passengers were landed in boats in Bolinas, and the others were taken to San Francisco by a gasoline vessel. In lowering one of the boats a ringbolt tore out, the boat capsized, and one seaman was drowned. Case was investigated, and the license of John Bash, master and pilot was suspended, January 22, for twelve months for reasons of unskillfulness and negligence. Damage to Iaqua estimated at about $30,000.

January 13 - The steamer Pomona collided in a thick fog with schooner Fearless at anchor, near Duxbury Reef, California. Case was investigated, and the masters of the respective vessels were exonerated from blame, February 4.

January 23 - In the case of loss of steamer Cleone, December 6, 1900 (included in annual report for the year 1900), upon investigation thereof the license of Frederick Miller, master and pilot, was suspended, January 23, 1901, for twelve months for reason of unskillfulness and negligence. Captain Miller appealed. February 20, to the supervising inspector, first district, from about suspension of his license, and upon a rehearing the decision of the local inspectors was modified, on March 29, to a suspension of six months from January 23.

January 23 - On the voyage from Philadelphia from San Francisco the main steam pipe of steamer Ventura, scalding fatally Junior engineer Robb, 2 firemen, 1 coal passer, and a stowaway. Upon investigation the licensed officers of the steamer were exonerate, February 20, the testimony in the case tending to prove that the pipe was defective in brazing, and upon examination it was found to have been unduly hammered. Damaged estimated to cost about $2,000.

January 24 - The gasoline boat Barbara Hernster stranded at Point Arena, California, owning to the parting of a line while casting loose from moorings. While heaving out, a boat with 2 of the crew got in the breakers and capsized, drowning 1 man. The rest of the crew were saved by a light-house tender. The Barbara Hernster was subsequently towed off and taken to San Francisco and repaired. Damaged estimated at about $2,000.

January 24 - The ferry steamer Newark collided with barge Nanaimo, in tow of steamer Jos. H. Redmond, in a dense fog in the narrow channel of Oakland Creek. Damage to steamer Neward about $3,000.

February 5 - The steamer South Portland became afire in her forehold while lying at sea wall, San Francisco. The city fire department flooded the steamer in order to extinguish the flames. Cause of fire unknown. Damage to steamer, $5,000.

February 14 - The master of freight steamer Westport reported that he navigated said steamer from San Pedro to San Francisco, February 6 to 8, without her full complement of licensed engineers. Case was referred to the collector of customs and United States attorney, San Francisco, February 18.

February 22 - The Pacific Mail Steamship Company's steamship City of Rio de Janeiro, 3,548 tons gross, William Ward, master, from Hong Kong and Yokohama, while entering the harbor of San Francisco in a dense fog, running at half speed against a strong ebb tide, State Pilot F. W. Jordan in charge, struck on a reef near Fort Point at about 5:25 a.m. The steamer filled rapidly and sunk. Of the 205 lives on board 127 were lost, 68 of these being passengers. The only surviving officers of the steamer were the second and third mates and the chief engineer. Upon investigation of this disaster, the local inspectors rendered their decision, on March 22, in which they attached blame to Captain Ward for allowing the City of Rio de Janeiro to leave her anchorage on this occasion, which was off the entrance to the bay of San Francisco, and where she had lain since the evening of February 21. The inspectors likewise attached blame to State Pilot Jordan for attempting to bring the steamer from a safe anchorage into the harbor of San Francisco in a dense fog, at night, with a strong ebb tide running, with current made stronger and more uncertain by reason of freshets in the rivers. The inspectors also revoked the license of P. H. Herlihy, chief engineer of the City of Rio de Janeiro, for inattention to the duties of his position. Mr. Herlihy appealed to the supervising inspector, first district, April 19, from the above revocation of his license, and, upon a rehearing, the same was, on May 13, modified to a suspension of his license for the period of three months from March 22. The City of Rio de Janeiro was valued at $500,000; her cargo, at $400,000.

March 4 - Robert F. Spear, pilot of United States quarantine launch Bacillus, was charged with intoxication while on duty January 25, 1901. Case investigated. Charge sustained, and his license suspended, on April 10, for thirty days.

March 16 - The freight steamer Willamette, 2,562 tons gross, John Hansen, master, stranded in a thick fog on Village Point Reef, British Columbia, and was abandoned March 20. Case was investigated and the license of Captain Hansen was suspended, May 14, for twelve months, for reason of negligence and unskillfulness. Captain Hansen appealed to the supervising inspector, first district, May 17, from above suspension of his license; and, upon a rehearing, the decision of local board was sustained, June 8. The Willamette was valued at $125.000, and her cargo at $2,000.

May 4 - Mrs. Anna Bowley, a passenger on the steamer Captain Weber, jumped overboard near Landing No. 5, Bradford Island, San Joaquin River, California, and drowned, though prompt efforts were made to rescue her.

May 12 - A fishing boat was capsized by a barge in tow of steamer San Joaquin No. 2, near Sherman Island, Sacramento River. No loss of life is known to have occurred.

June 7 - The whaling steamer Balaena, 523 tons gross, after having been jammed in drifting ice from May 8 to June 5, struck an uncharted reef in a thick fog on June 7, 3 miles SSE off Cape Chitnak, St. Lawrence Island, Bering Sea, and became a total loss. No loss of life. The Balaena was valued at $60,000, and her outfit at $25,000.

June 17 - The steamers Geo. W. Elder and Mineola collided lightly in a fog off Point Arena, California. Neither steamer was damaged.

July 4 - Edward Davis, deck hand, steamer Dover, jumped overboard at Colusa Wharf, California, and drowned, though a boat was quickly launched to save him.

July 8 - Ernest Sweetman, deck hand, gasoline boat Dude, fell overboard in Head Reach, San Joaquin River, and drowned. The master jumped overboard and swam for him and a boat was promptly lowered to rescue him.

July 14 - R. Simpson, deck hand, steamer Flora, becoming demented, was confined in a stateroom, but escaped and jumped overboard and was drowned.

July 18 - The whaling steamer Grampus, 326 tons gross, was crushed in the ice off Cape Smythe, Arctic Ocean. She was beached near Refuge Inlet, and on July 19 abandoned, The Grampus was valued at $40,000, and her outfit at $15,000. No life lost.

August 6 - F. Jaberg, deck hand, steamer, Jacinto, fell overboard at Sacramento and drowned, though prompt means were taken to save him.

August 15 - The steamer Aloha, 294 tons gross, laid up in Richardson's Bay, an arm of San Francisco Bay, with her master only in charge, became afire at 2.30 a.m. The vessel is almost a total loss, valued at $35,000. No cargo. Cause of fire unknown.

August 19 - George Spencer, pilot of steamer Alvira, while clearing a fishing net from the rudders of that steamer, in New York Slough, Sacramento River, fell overboard. He was rescued promptly and taken to Black Diamond, where medical aid was procured, but he expired thirty minutes afterward.

August 21 - Two barge men, while engaged in getting anchor on deck of barge in tow alongside of steamer San Joaquin No. 4, near Benicia, California, fell overboard and one was drowned, though prompt efforts were made to save him.

August 22 - The steamer T. C. Walker ran down and capsized a fishing boat which made no signal nor displayed any light, in Suisun Bay, California. No loss of life.

August 23 - Edward McDaniel, deck hand, steamer Jacinto, fell overboard in an intoxicated condition, near Woods Break, Sacramento River, and drowned, though prompt efforts were made to save him.

August 24 - The steamers Dauntless and Mary Garratt collided at 1:30 a.m., near Kentucky Landing, San Joaquin River. The Dauntless, leaking badly, was backed onto shore and her passengers transferred to the Mary Garratt. Upon investigation, the local inspectors, on October 1, suspended the license of Eugene P. Rideout, pilot of the Mary Garratt, for nine months, for reason of unskillfulness and negligence. Damage to steamer Dauntless estimated at $25,000.

September 15 - N. Emery, deck hand, steamer Red Bluff, fell overboard while intoxicated and was drowned, though prompt efforts were made to save him.

September 24 - N. Mitchell, deck hand, steamer Varuna, stepped off the gang plank laid to barges at Colusa, California, and drowned, though prompt means were taken to save him.

September 26 - The steamer Washenaw, coal-laden, struck while passing between Duncan Rock and Tatoosh Light, near Cape Flattery, Washington, breaking one plate and bending several. Case was investigated and master exonerated October 28.

November 2 - The steamer Phoenix, 73 tons gross, in towing a heavy barge, was carried by the tide against another vessel and anchored in Bay of San Francisco, and sunk. Joseph Colton, fireman, escaped to the barge and was directed to remain there until taken off, but he was subsequently found drowned. Case was investigated and the license of N. J. Richardson, pilot in charge of the Phoenix, was suspended, November 18, 1901, for negligence and unskillfulness. Captain Richardson appealed, December 17, to the supervising inspector from above decision, and upon a rehearing the decision of the local inspectors was sustained, December 30. The Phoenix was raised and repaired. Damage estimated at $1,000.

November 16 - James McAdams, fireman, steamer Sequoia, while leaning against the main rigging fell overboard and was drowned, though a boat was promptly lowered and put off to his rescue. Case was investigated. Decision not yet rendered.

November 30 - Ferry steamers San Rafael and Sausalito collided in a very dense fog, causing the San Rafael to sink. Two passengers were drowned and one of the crew of the San Rafael was fatally crushed in the collision. Case was investigated and the license of Capt. John T. McKenzie, master and pilot of steamer San Rafael (license expiring January 2, 1902), was revoked December 14, and the license of Capt. William T. Tribble, master and pilot of the steamer Sausalito, was suspended December 14, 1901, for thirty days, each for violating Rule IX and article 16 of the rules and regulations for pilots and steam vessels. The San Rafael was valued at $75,000.

December 2 - The steamship Matteawan, 3,301 tons gross, H. B. Crosscup, master, left Nanaimo, British Columbia, December 2, with cargo of 4,800 tons of coal for San Francisco, California, and has not been heard of since and is believed to have foundered. The officers and crew numbered, all told, thirty-three persons. The steamer was valued at $175,000 and her cargo at $15,000.

December 17 - The Pacific Mail Steamship Company's steamer San Blas, 2,075 tons gross. J. F. Cattarinich, master, was lost at a point about 5 miles north of La Libertad, on coast of San Salvador. No life lost. The San Blas was valued at $200,000 and her cargo at $50,000.

December 18 - Complaint filed this day by F. Peters, in charge of gasoline boat Sybil (under 15 tons gross), against C. A. Bartholomew, pilot of steamer Mount Eden, alleging violation of the pilot rules and regulations of steam  vessels on the part of Pilot Bartholomew. Case was investigated December 23. Charge dismissed December 30.

December 24 - The freight steamer Gualala, 225 tons, on trip from Albion to San Francisco, broke the crosshead of her engine, causing the throttle valve to break in the neck next to the engine, allowing the steam to escape and fatally scalding John Henry, fireman. This was a triple compound engine and both cylinder heads were broken by the blow of the pistons.

 

CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - FIRST DISTRICT

LOCAL DISTRICT OF SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - 1901

December 16, 1900 - Ship Yosemite, from Pugent Sound toward Syndey, New South Wales, encountered heavy gales, and springing a leak, returned to Pugent Sound for repairs. Amount of damage not reported.

December 18, 1900 - Steamer John S. Kimball, from Seattle. December 17, 1900, encountered a heavy gale off Cape Flattery and sprang a leak, the ship making water faster than her pumps could keep her free. She was turned back and proceeded to Quartermaster, where she was docked and repaired. Amount of damage unknown.

January 9, 1901 - The steamer City of Seattle broke low-pressure crank web. Damage about $3,000.

January 10 - The steamer Dode collided with a small gasoline launch off West Point. Cause of accident, no lights on the launch. Amount of damage unknown.

January 21 - John O'Brien, fireman steamer Edith, navigating Granville Channel, southeast Alaska, was killed by accidental escape of steam due to a broken pipe on the boiler of the steamer.

January 21 - Investigated the loss of the steamer Tillamook, at Wood Island, Alaska, November 29, 1900. H. M. Hughes, master of Tillamook, was exonerated from blame.

January 22 - Investigated grounding of the steamer Aloha on an uncharted rock near Unga Island, Alaska, December 23, 1900. The officers of the steamer Aloha were exonerated from blame.

March 11 - Steamer Robert Dollar lost her propeller while 18 miles south of Cape Flattery and returned to Port Townsend, Washington.

April 24 - While moored at Ballard, Washington, waiting to be hauled out for repairs, the steamer Pilgrim took fire from some unknown cause and burned and sunk. Loss about $2.500.

June 20 - A partial collapse of the furnaces of the United States transport Seward occurred while the vessel was in Alaska waters, and she was towed to Seattle, Washington, by the United States transport Warren. Investigated August 5, 1901, and the license of E. W. Dieckhoff, chief engineer of the Seward, was suspended for sixty days.

July 13 - The steamer Charles D. Lane, 2,553 tons gross, C. W. Ames, master, stranded on Nunivak Island, Bering Sea, during a thick fog. Vessel reported to be a total loss. Case was investigated at Seattle September 30, and Captain Ames was exonerated from blame October 16.

July 15 - The steamer Wenatchee, while on marine ways undergoing repairs, was burned. Origin of fire unknown. Estimated loss, $5,000.

August 18 - Steamer Vermont burned at wharf at West Seattle. Cause of fire unknown. Estimated loss, $10,000.

August 28 - F. V. Muse, third assistant engineer of the steamship Roanoke, while taking the cover off the crank pin of the electric engine, was thrown into the governor wheel and instantly killed.

September 4 - The steamer Mary F. Perley burned at Alki Point. Origin of fire unknown. Estimated loss, $2,500.

September 9 - On voyage from Nome, Alaska, to Seattle, Washington, during a heavy gale, the rudder post and rudder of the steamship Oregon were carried away. A jury rudder was prepared, under which rig the ship completed her voyage, some 1,400 miles, arriving at Seattle September 24.

September 10 - Steamer Nome City broke her low-pressure crank while on voyage from Seattle to Nome. Repairs were made and the ship proceeded on her voyage. Estimated damage. $2,000.

September 23 -  The steamship Garonne, on voyage from Seattle to Nome, proceeded to a distance of 370 miles from Cape Flattery, at which point the voyage was abandoned and the ship returned to Seattle, on account of the refusal of the chief engineer to proceed further for the alleged reason of poor fuel. Case was investigated September 30, October 1, and October 7, 1901. Decision October 19, 1901, revoking the license of D. Cree, chief engineer, for negligence and inattention to duty, and suspending the license of John Alwen, master, for ninety days for neglect of duty. Appeal was made to the supervising inspector, first district, who reversed the decision of the local inspectors in the case of Captain Alwen and restored to the latter his license, upon conclusion of testimony, November 13, taken in the rehearing, and rendered decision, December 7, modifying the penalty in the case of Duncan Cree to suspension of license for the period of fifty days from October 19.

October 5 - The ship Joseph B. Thomas, en route from Tacoma to San Francisco, California, with a cargo of coal, sprang a leak at sea during a heavy gale, and returned to Tacoma to transfer cargo and go on dry dock.

October 16 -  The steamer Mackinaw, while passing in by Tatoosh Island in a dense fog, struck on Duncan Rocks. The ship proceeded to Quartermaster, where she was docked and temporary repairs made, after which she was permitted to proceed to San Francisco, California, for general repairs.

October 29 - Steamer Walrus burned while proceeding from Edmonds to Ballard. Cause unknown. Loss about $2,500. No lives lost.

November 14 - Andrew Nelson, a passenger on steamer Lydia Thompson, jumped or fell overboard soon after the steamer left Lopez Landing, and was drowned.

December 1 - The steamer Skagit Chief ran onto Orchard Rocks, Puget Sound, during a dense fog. The tide falling, the steamer broke in two. Estimated damage, $5,000.

December 3 - While on the way from Tacoma to Seattle the steamer Clara Brown broached to, became unmanageable, and was driven ashore at Alki Point. Estimated damage, $500.

December 8 - While the steamer Dode was on the way from Whatcom to Seattle, the high-pressure piston rod broke at lower end of crosshead, and the piston and rod were driven up through the deck, breaking into the stateroom above. The stateroom was filled by escaping steam, and its occupant, W. H. Gleason, a passenger, was so severely burned that he died the following day.
 

CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - FIRST DISTRICT

LOCAL DISTRICT OF PORTLAND, OREGON - 1901

February 16 - At about 4.30 a.m., while the steamer Ruth was en route from Portland to Corvallis, Oregon, she struck a piece of driftwood near the mouth of the Santiam River, Oregon, Willamette River. The watchman, Ira Bell, was sent into the hold to see if any damage had been done to the hull. He has not been seen since that time, and is supposed to have fallen overboard and drowned.

February 25 - While en route from Astoria, Oregon, to Portland, Oregon, the steamer Lurline made a landing at Caples Landing, Columbia River, Washington, to take on passengers, one of whom, Gordon Smith, fell overboard and was drowned.

March 13 - The steamers Hercules and Mascot collided at 8:45 a.m. in a fog near Knapp's Landing, Columbia River, Washington. No loss of life or damage to cargo of either steamer. Estimated damage to steamer Mascot $400. Case investigated, and license of the master and pilot of the steamer Mascot was suspended for ten days for carelessness and violation of the last paragraph of Rule IV of the Pilot Rules and Regulations. Master of steamer Hercules was exonerated.

April 23 - While towing a raft of logs, the steamer Vulcan struck a submerged log, punching three holes in the planking of her hull, and she sunk near the lower end of Swan Island, Willamette River, Oregon.

August 4 - Martin Matson, seaman, steamer Alliance, off Columbia River Bar, while lashing kegs on deck, accidentally fell overboard and was drowned.

August 13 - While the steamer Regulator was en route from Portland to Cascade Locks at 2 a.m., Victor Peterson, fireman on the above-named steamer, fell overboard between Vancouver and Government Island, Columbia River, Oregon, and was drowned.

September 30 - Charge of carrying passengers in pilot house of steamer Norma was investigated, and E. W. Baughman, master, was exonerated.

October 19 - The steamers Bailey Gatzert and Regulator collided at Lyle, Washington, Columbia River. Damage to steamer Bailey Gatzert, $40. Estimated damage to steamer Regulator, $25. No loss of life or damage to cargo. Case investigated October 28, and master's license, steamer Bailey Gatzert, was suspended for five days for carelessness and negligence in the handling of his steamer. Master of steamer Regulator was exonerated.

November 5 - At 9:10 a.m., near Mosier, Columbia River, Oregon, Nick Hansen, a deck boy on the steamer Dalles City, accidentally fell overboard and was drowned.

November 14 - At 7:45 a.m. the steamers Regulator and Wenona collided during a fog, near Post Office Bar, Willamette River, Oregon. The Wenona sunk. The Regulator was uninjured. Estimated damage to steamer Wenona, $1,000. No loss of life or damage to cargo. Investigation held November 23, and the license of the master of the steamer Wenona was suspended for thirty days for carelessness and negligence in the handling of his steamer. Master of steamer Regulator was exonerated.

December 17 - At 4:45 a.m. steamer Ruth struck a snag in front of Corvallis, Willamette River, Oregon, tearing hole in bottom of steamer. She sunk in 15 feet of water. No loss of life. Estimated damage to steamer, $1,500. Damage to cargo, $500.


CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - FIRST DISTRICT
Local District of Juneau, Alaska - 1901

February 7 - The American bark Topgallant struck several heavy gales of wind in the Pacific Ocean and put into Honolulu, Hawaii, in a disabled condition. Vessel was heavily strained, most of her fastenings carried away, and 28 of her hanging knees and 2 beams amidships were broken. Vessel thought to be a total loss. Estimated amount of damage, $15,000.

February 22 - The gasoline vessel Surprise was lying at Koloa, island of Kauai, Hawaii, discharging freight, when, a strong gale blowing up from the WSW, the vessel, with both anchors down and engines working ahead, gradually drifted ashore, becoming a total loss. Estimated loss of vessel and cargo, $21,000. No loss of life. The case was investigated at Honolulu March 6 and officers were exonerated.

March 25 - The steamer Aloha, bound from Juneau to Unalaska, Alaska, when off Channel Island, Prince William Sound, struck an uncharted rock, tearing off part of her shoe. Case was investigated at Juneau April 23 and officers were exonerated.

April 2 - The freight steamer Upolu, 99 gross tons, left Honolulu March 29 for other Hawaiian ports. When entering the harbor of Puako, Hawaii, the vessel struck a submerged rock and on April 3 was abandoned by order of the owners, becoming a total loss. The master, in his sworn statement, reports that he could not procure a chart of the harbor of Puako. No loss of life. Loss of steamer, $20,000; loss of cargo, $600.

April 2 - The steamer Helene, 619 gross tons, when lying in the harbor of Laupohoehoe, Hawaii, during a strong NE wind and heavy sea, dragged her anchor and struck a rock, disabling her rudder. She was towed, leaking, to Honolulu, placed on marine ways, and rudder temporarily repaired for voyage to San Francisco for further repairs.

May 21 - The steamer Maui struck a sunken rock a glancing blow, off Molokai Light, Hawaii, and returned, leaking, to Honolulu, May 22. Discharged cargo and went on marine ways for repairs.

June 3 - One of the ship's boats of steamer Kaiulani, in landing freight at Kukaiu, Hawaii, got close to the rocks, and three of the five men in her jumped overboard. One of the men was drowned, although another boat was promptly sent to the rescue.

June 20 - The steamer Discovery, 209 gross tons, in working her way through the ice from Grantley Harbor to Port Clarence, Alaska, lost one blade of her propeller, tore away part of her forefoot, and damaged the hull to the extent of $1,000.

June 26 - Moses Amakalea, seaman, steamer Mokolii, when near Maunalei, island of Lanai, Territory of Hawaii, in swimming after a boat of the schooner Golden Gate, which was adrift, disappeared, and it is thought that he was taken by a shark. A boat was dispatched to the place where he was last seen, but no trace of him could be found.

July 26 - The bark Empire, 1,131 gross tons, from New South Wales, was at anchor abreast of Mahukona Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, awaiting an opportunity to discharge, when fire suddenly broke out on board. The wind was blowing a gale; the cable parted, and the vessel drifted westward to sea and became a total loss. No loss of life. The master and crew, after fruitless efforts to subdue or control the fire, abandoned the vessel. The Empire was valued at $10,000 and her cargo at $5,500.

August 7 - In making her way through Unimak Pass, Alaska, heavy fog prevailing at the time, at 10 p.m., the schooner James Sennett, 764 gross tons, stranded on Unimak Island. Vessel driven high and dry on the beach and but little damage sustained. No loss of life, and no cargo on board. An attempt will be made to float the vessel, spring 1902.

August 31 - The steamer Dora, 293 gross tons, on a voyage from Nome to St. Michael, Alaska, broke her shaft on the outboard bearing and lost her propeller. Steamer proceeded to St. Michael under sail, where a new propeller was welded on shaft and vessel proceeded under steam to San Francisco. Estimated damage to steamer, $2,000.


CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - SECOND DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, NEW YORK - 1901

January 8 - About 2:45 a.m. tow of tugboat Lyndhurst collided in the East River with tug Lowell M. Palmer, causing damage to the tow estimated at $150. No one hurt.

January 10 - About 11:45 a.m. barge in tow of tug Gertrude collided in the East River with ferry steamer Ohio, causing considerable damage to both. No one hurt.

January 11 - About 8:50 p.m. scow in tow of tug Dewitt C. Ivins sank off Sandy Hook, New Jersey, and John Olsen, who was on the scow at the time, was drowned.

January 14 - About 1:45 a.m. steamship Vigilancia grounded on the Colorado Reef, off the coast of Cuba. The passengers were taken off by the steamship Orizaba. The baggage of passengers was also saved. The cargo was taken off by lighters and some of it jettisoned. No lives were lost. The vessel was finally floated.

January 16 - About 2:40 a.m. barge in tow of tug Abram P. Skidmore collided in the East River with the steamer City of Lawrence, causing such damage to the barge that she sunk in a few minutes. The City of Lawrence was lying at anchor at the time of the accident. Collision was due to strong flood tide. No one hurt.

January 17 - About 10:40 p.m. car float in tow of tug New York Central No. 20 collided in the East River with barge in tow of tug John K. Cowen, doing very slight damage. No one hurt. The barge was afterwards examined and damage was estimated at $300. Investigated February 4; decision, February 14, and the case dismissed.

January 18 - About 2:40 p.m. ferry steamer Elizabeth collided in the North River with towboat Galion, doing very slight damage. No one hurt.

January 19 - About 11:20 a.m. scow in tow of tug General Newton collided in the North River with ferry steamer Princeton, causing slight damage. No one hurt. Cause of accident was a heavy snow squall.

January 20 - About 3:30 a.m., while towing steamer Eli Shriver, Jr., was tied at dock at Bayonne, New Jersey, she sunk from some unknown cause. Steamer was raised and put on dry dock and repaired. No one hurt.

January 23 - About 7:40 p.m. ferry steamer Bergen collided in the North River with steamer Ranza in tow of tug Edward M. Timmins and tug Robert Haddon, doing considerable damage. No one hurt.

January 24 - About 6:05 a.m. float in tow of tug Oscar G. Murray collided off Robbins Reef, New York Harbor, with scow in tow of tug Hudson, causing slight damage. No one injured.

January 25 - About 7:45 a.m. towing steamers Alberta M. and C. J. Saxe collided in the Kill van Kull, causing very slight damage. Collision due to dense cloud of smoke shutting out view.

January 29 - About 4:50 p.m. steamer Havana collided with the towing steamer R. C. Veit in the Swash Channel,  New York Harbor, causing slight damage. The steamer was coming into port, as was also the towing steamer. The latter had a tow.

January 31 - About 7:30 a.m. ferry steamers Paterson and Lackawanna collided in the North River off Eighteenth street, causing slight damage.

February 1 - Floats in tow of tug Eli B. Conine collided off the Battery, New York, with towing steamer George L. Garlick, causing slight damage.

February 4 - About 1:10 p.m. float in tow of tug Valiant collided in the North River with ferry steamer Cincinnati, causing very slight damage.

February 4 - About 12:45 p.m. ferry steamer Hudson City collided in the North River with steam lighter Gipsy Girl, causing very slight damage.

February 6 - About 5:30 a.m., while the towing steamer New York Central No. 11 was in slip at Sixty-fifth street, North River, fire was discovered in the cargo aft on the port side. The freight house and five carloads of freight were almost totally destroyed. The steamer was towed to Weehawken Flats and filled with water in order to extinguish the flames.

February 6 - About 5 p.m. steamship San Marcos, while being towed by a tug, struck an obstruction in the East River, injuring her plates. She was afterwards put on dry dock. Steamer was drawing 13 feet of water when she struck.

February 11 and 16 - An investigation was held in the matter of complaint made by officers of the Commercial Draw Bridge at Newark, New Jersey, against the captain of the steamer Sarah J. Finning, of running gaff of derrick of steamer over railroad bridge tracks. Decision was rendered on March 28, dismissing the case.

February 12 - Scow No. 38, in tow of tug O. L, Hallenberk, was lost off Scotland Light-ship and a man on same named Thomas Olsen drowned. The scow was leaded and was being towed to dumping grounds. Investigated March 7 and 22; decision March 23, revoking the license of James Lucas, master of the steamer O. L. Hallenberk.  Appeal was made to supervising inspector, second district, who rendered decision May 28, modifying decision of local inspectors to suspension of Mr. Lucas's license for ninety days from March 22, 1901.

February 13 - While steamship Comanche was on her way from New York to Jacksonville, Florida, about 3:25 a.m., ship was reported to be on fire. Crew were called to quarters and four streams of water were turned on fire, which was in joiner work around engine-room hatch. At 5 a.m. fire was extinguished, and ship resumed her course. Damage slight. No one injured.

February 15 - While steam lighter Reliance was tied at dock at foot of Beekman street, East River, fire broke out and damaged the pilot house before it was extinguished. No one hurt. Cause of fire unknown.

February 20 - About 2 p.m., while steamer Maverick was going into dock at Port Richmond, New York, seaman Robert Davies was struck by rope that gave way and instantly killed. The rope was from wharf to forward windlass of steamer.

February 22 - About 2:30 p.m. ferry steamers Long Beach and Union collided in the East River, causing slight damage. Two passengers on the Long Beach were injured. Investigated March 18; decision April 5, suspending license of W. E. Brown, pilot of the Long Beach, for ten days, and license of Joel H. Titus, pilot of the Union, for five days.

March 2 - About 6:50 p. m., while ferry steamer Princeton was on her way from Jersey City to New York, a passenger jumped overboard and was drowned. His name was John Griffin.

March 6 - While towing steamer Nettie L. Tice was towing a ferryboat to dry dock at Hoboken, New Jersey, the top of the steam dome blew off at the turn of the flange of boiler of the steamer Nettie L. Tice and damaged the whole upper part of the boat. The engineer was badly hurt. Cause of accident unknown. Steamer was afterwards repaired. Investigated May 2; decision May 4. Case dismissed.

March 6 - About 5 a.m. while towing steamer George S. Townsend was lying at dock at pier 11, East River, fire broke out and destroyed pilot house before being extinguished. Cause of fire unknown. Damage estimated at $100.

March 9 - About 4:30 p. m. ferry steamer Pittsburg collided in the North River with steam lighter Neshanic, causing very slight damage. A thick fog was the cause of the accident.

March 12 - About 5 a.m., while tug Syosset was towing car float having 19 coal cars on board, and when off Grand street, East River, the tug took a list to port and the float capsized, causing the cars to tumble over on the towboat, knocking off the pilot house. The tug righted herself, but the float turned bottom side up. Crew picked up by other towboats, and all accounted for except captain of towboat, whose body was afterwards found in the pilot house, which had drifted down to Governors Island. All cars were lost and considerable damage was done to tugboat. Investigated March 16; decision March 26. Case dismissed.

March 14 - About 6:30 p.m., while steamship New York was at sea bound for New York, the crown bonnet on after refrigerating machinery burst, and the escaping ammonia gas penetrated to section of steerage and to room occupied by stewards, aft. Several of the stewards were overcome by the ammonia, and one of them, John Kent, died. A steerage passenger named Carl M. Enghvest was found dead in the steerage after the accident. Investigated April 8; decision April 12. No blame was attached to the officers of the steamer.

March 16 - About 5:30 p. m. towing steamer A. C. Rose collided in the North River, off pier 23, with float in tow of tug New York Central No. 9, causing very slight damage. The accident occurred as the tugs backed out from slip and were straightening their tows.

March 19 - About 7:40 p.m. ferry steamer Wyoming collided in the East River with barge in tow of tug Atlantic, causing some damage to barge and very slight damage to ferry steamer.

March 19 - Steamer Rosedale collided in the East River with steam canal boat Dale, causing slight damage.

March 21 - About 1:30 a.m. while steamer Poughkeepsie was coming down the Hudson River she went ashore at Stony Point. There was a dense fog at the time, and the captain of the steamer in his report says: "Had the bell at the Point been ringing we would have cleared all right." Steamer was gotten off.

March 24 - About 5:10 a.m. float in tow of tug Transfer No. 14 collided off Blackwell's Island, East River, with barge in tow of tug Teaser, causing slight damage.

March 25 - About 2 p.m., ferry steamer John G. McCullough collided off Pier 21, North River, with towing steamer Sterling, with barge in tow. No damage.

March 26 - About 7:10 a.m. a boat in tow of tug Walter J. Tice collided off Bayonne, New Jersey, with towing steamer Peter Cahill, doing such damage to the boat that she sunk. The accident was caused by a dense fog of smoke from the copper works. No one hurt.

March 29 - About 6:45 a.m. ferry steamer Elizabeth collided off pier 18, North River, with steam lighter Edgewater, causing such damage that the Edgewater sunk in a few minutes after the accident. The Edgewater was coming up the river at the time and ferryboat was shaping her course to enter slip. No one hurt. Investigated April 9. Decision, April 16, suspending license of John Carey, pilot of ferry steamer Elizabeth, for ten days.

March 29 - About 11:30 a.m., while towboat Annie M. Bauer was towing a lighter in New York Bay off Erie Basin, she suddenly filled with water and sunk. Cause of the leak unknown. Two of her crew, the engineer and cook, were drowned. The remainder of crew were saved by steamer John L. Berwind. Investigated April 4; decision April 15; case dismissed; no one blamed.

March 30 - About 8:10 a.m., while towing steamer Germania was off Whitehall street, New York, she collided with ferry steamer Westfield, causing very slight damage.

April 4 - About 4 p.m. brig in tow of tug Unique collided in the East River with elevator in tow of steamer Glen Island, causing very slight damage.

April 6 - About 7:30 a.m. barge in tow of tug Mercedes collided in New York Bay with steamer Buena Ventura, causing such damage to the barge that she sunk decks two, losing her cargo and injuring one of her crew. The barge was towed to a buoy and made fast. Investigated May 10. Decision May 31, suspending license of Loring A. Gates, master of Buena Ventura, for twenty-one days.

April 8 - About 4:50 p.m. towing steamer A. C. Cheney collided off Weehawken, New Jersey, with towing steamer Arthur W. Palmer, with float in tow. causing considerable damage to the A. C. Cheney.

April 8 - An investigation was held in the matter of a complaint made by George F. Young, engineer, against James Flaherty, pilot. Decision was rendered April 12 suspending licenses of both for five days.

April 10 - About 4:35 p.m. ferry steamer Elizabeth collided off Liberty street, North River, with towing steamer Croton, causing some damage. The engineer of the Croton, Frank H. Gross, Jr., was knocked overboard by the shock of the collision and drowned. Investigated April 22. Decision April 26, suspending license of Ira Smith, pilot of the ferryboat Elizabeth, for twenty days.

April 10 - About 3:05 p.m. ferry steamer Garden City collided in the East River with steamer Rosedale, causing slight damage to the ferry steamer, and damage to the Rosedale estimated at $150.

April 10 - About 9:30 a.m. schooner John Russell, in tow of tug Crescent, collided in the East River with towing steamer C. L. Marchal, causing slight damage.

April 16 - About 6:45 a.m. Henry Lambert, chief engineer of towing steamer Anson M. Bangs, while attempting to procure oil funnel in lower pressure crank pit was struck by crank and killed. Steamer was at the entrance to Gedney Channel, New York Bay, at the time.

April 16 - About 8 a.m. ferry steamer Fulton collided in the East River with steamer Montauk, causing very slight damage.

April 17 - About 2:45 a.m., shortly after the ferry steamer Hudson City had left Jersey City for New York, a woman, who was a passenger, jumped overboard and was drowned. Her name not known.

April 18 - About 5:45 a.m. ferry steamer New York collided in the North River with towing steamer W. Freeland Dalzell, causing considerable damage.

April 20 - About 8:30 p.m. steamer Newburg, on her trip from Newburgh to New York, collided off Rockland Lake, Hudson River, with canal boat George T. Lowe in tow of tug Mabel, breaking planks of the port bow of canal boat. The weather was dark and rainy at the time. No one hurt. Investigated May 7, 1901; decision May 31. suspending license of John Monahan, master of steamer Newburgh, for ten days.

April 22 - About 7:30 a.m., while steamship New York was at sea on her voyage to the port of New York she broke her outboard shafting and lost propeller on the port side. After examination she proceeded on her voyage with starboard engines, arriving at New York safe.

April 23 - While towing steamer Charles Runyon was returning from sea with a dumper in tow, the man in charge of the dumper fell overheard and was drowned. His name is not known.

April 23 - An investigation was held in the matter of complaint made by George King against James Bergen, pilot. Decision. April 26, suspending license of James Bergen for twenty days.

April 23 - About 10:40 p.m., while steamship Allianca was at sea on her way to Colon, and off Barnegat Light, she collided with schooner Emma C. Knowles. There was a dense fog at the time, and engines of the steamship were going at half speed. The steamship hove to and the captain and crew of the schooner abandoned their vessel and came on board the Allianca. The next morning the steamship approached the schooner, but owing to bad weather was afraid to take her in tow, and left her in a water-logged condition, the sea making a clean sweep across her decks. No one was hurt.

April 24 - While steamship Santiago was coming out of Cienfuegos Harbor she collided with a small boat containing three soldiers. One of them was drowned. His name was Volkert A. Blikslager.

April 27 - About 5 p.m. ferry steamer New York collided off pier 25, North River, with sail lighter Mystic, causing slight damage, and injury to a woman passenger on the New York. Slight damage to the lighter.

April 30 - About 6:30 p.m. ferry steamer Central collided off Jersey City, North River, with steamer Hazel Kirke, doing slight damage.

May 4 - About 3 p.m. towing steamer Pier collided off Battery, New York, with canal boat in tow of tug Mary Lewis, causing some damage to the canal boat, estimated at $100.

May 5 - About 3:18 p.m. ferry steamers Newburgh and Moonachie collided off Sixteenth street North River, causing slight damage.

May 7 - About 11:45 p.m., while steamship Tremont was on her way from Providence, Rhode Island, to New York, and off Saybrook, Connecticut, a passenger named Cohen jumped overboard and was drowned.

May 10 - Towing steamer Transfer No. 10 collided off the Battery, New York, with canal boat in tow of tug Michael J. Coffey, causing damage estimated at $500. No one hurt.

May 16 - Between 1 and 3 o'clock in the morning a man was lost from scow in tow of tug Andrew J. White, in the vicinity of Sandy Hook light-ship. His name not known.

May 17 - About 7:30 a.m. towing steamer Defiance and steam lighter Annie Laurie collided off Hoboken, New Jersey, causing considerable damage.

May 19 - About 2:10 a.m. steam canal boat M. & J. Tracy collided in Haverstraw Bay, Hudson River, with schooner Robert Blair, causing slight damage. The schooner was lying at anchor at time of accident.

May 22 - About 9:15 p.m. steamship Santiago, coming out of the outer harbor of Cienfuegos, went aground. Efforts were made to pull her off, but it was not until May 23, when some of her cargo had been taken off, that she floated. She was then examined and found seaworthy; cargo reloaded, and on May 24 ship proceeded on her voyage to New York.

May 26 - At 1:30 p.m., just as steam yacht Decoy left Havre de Grace, Maryland, a sailor named George Kegun fell overboard and was drowned.

May 27 - Steam lighter Long Island, with float in tow, collided in the East River with ferry steamer Texas, causing very slight damage.

May 27 - About 5:15 p.m. towing steamer Mahanoy collided in the North River with the canal steamer Columbia, causing a great deal of damage to the Columbia. No one seriously hurt. The Mahanoy was backing out of Morris Basin when the accident occurred.

May 28 - About 3:47 a.m. the steamship Yucatan struck reef Amgada de Adentro in the Gulf of Mexico during the existence of a dense fog. The steam ship remained on the reef until cargo was taken off, when, at 6:45 p.m., May 29, ship was towed or floated off reef. The tug Edwin Bailey was towing her at the time she floated. A small hole was found in ship's bottom, which was repaired. No one hurt.

June 3 - About 3:47 a.m. float in tow of tug S. R. Callaway collided off Pier 29, East River, with ferry steamer Maine, causing damage to the float estimated at $100.

June 8 - About 10:45 a.m., while towboat Wm. S. Anderson was towing tug John S. Heath to Atlantic Dock, and when in Buttermilk Channel, the John S. Heath took a rank sheer and capsized before hawser could be slacked. A boiler maker who was on the John S. Heath making repairs to the boiler was drowned. The other men who were on the tug were picked up by a passing steamer. Investigated July 3 and 18. Decision. August 9. Case dismissed.

June 9 - About 8:46 a.m. steam yacht Maspeth, while at anchor off Whitestone, New York, was in collision with schooner Hamilton Fish, in tow of tug Edward Luckenbach, doing very slight damage.

June 14 - About 3:30 p.m. the United States transport Ingalls, while on the Balance dry dock, Erie Basin, Brooklyn, New York, capsized onto her starboard bilges, supposed to be caused by the carrying away of the starboard shores.

June 14 - At 6 p.m. ferry steamer Northfield left her slip, foot of Whitehall street, New York, for St. George, Staten Island. The tide was flood and a light breeze was blowing from the southwest. The ferry steamer Munch Chunk, coming around the Battery, collided with the Northfield, striking her forward of the starboard wheelhouse. The Northfield began leaking and her pilot started her for a slip. She sunk at the end of Pier 9, East River. There were five passengers drowned. The remainder of the passengers were taken off by tugboats. Investigated June 28 and July 1. Decision July 22, suspending the license of Captain Griffin, pilot of the Mauch Chunk, and Captain Johnson, pilot of the Northfield, for thirty days each.

June 21 - About 6:30 p.m., while steamer Montauk was on her way from Greenport to New York, a deck hand named Patrick McGuire accidently fell overboard and was drowned.

June 21 - Decision was rendered in the matter of investigation of a complaint made by the pilot of steamship Graf Waldersee, W. J. Barry against Thomas J. McKenzie, pilot of tug Thomas A. Quigley, for not answering whistles and thereby nearly causing a collision, and the license of Mr. McKenzie was suspended for twenty-one days.

June 22 - About 1:40 p.m. ferry steamer Erie collided off Pavonia ferry slip, Jersey City, with freight steamer Burlington, doing slight damage.

June 22 - About 9:40 a.m. towing steamer Overbrook collided in the East River with tugboat Atlantic, doing very slight damage.

June 23 - About 2:30 p.m. while tug Erie was towing elevator coal barge from Elizabethport, New Jersey, to Bayonne, New Jersey, a wind squall struck the coal boat and caused her to capsize. One man on her was drowned.

June 23 - Between 6 and 7 p.m. a man who was on board the steam launch Progresso in the Passaic River, New Jersey, fell overboard and was drowned. His name was Edward McDonald, and he was one of the crew.

June 29 - At 5 p.m. passenger steamer Mohawk left Glen Island, New York, with a party of excursionists for South Norwalk, Connecticut, and in going through Huckleberry Channel the steamer struck on a reef and sunk in about 13 feet of water. Passengers were taken off by other steamers, and it was reported that no one was injured and no life lost. Steamer was afterwards floated and put into commission.

July 4 - About 11:40 a.m. ferry steamer Annex collided off the Battery, New York, with towing steamer Nina, causing very slight damage.

July 6 - About 1:55 a.m. passenger steamer Old Dominion, during a thick fog, stranded on Rye Neck, New York, while on voyage from Boston to New York. Passengers were taken off at 12:30 p.m., same day, and sent by rail to New York. No one was hurt. The ship was floated and brought to New York and put on dry dock on August 10 for examination and repairs.

July 7 - About 9:15 p.m., while steamer Homer Ramsdell was coming down the Hudson River on her way to New York a man, who was a passenger on the steamer, fell overboard and was drowned.

July 9 - About 6:20 p. m. ferry steamer Clinton collided in the East River with steam lighter Scotia, causing very slight damage.

July 17 - About 12:20 p.m. ferry steamer Westfield and excursion steamer Howard Carroll collided off the Battery, New York, causing damage estimated at $700. No one was injured.

July 19 - About 11:35 a.m. passenger steamer Perseus collided off the Battery, New York, with steam yacht Aileen, doing very slight damage.

July 22 - About 12:20 a.m. ferry steamers Express and Greenpoint collided in the East River, the Greenpoint at the same time colliding with float in tow of tug Ithaca. The damage done was very slight.

July 24 - About 2 p.m. towing steamers Mahanoy and C. C. Clark collided in the East River, causing slight damage.

July 30 - About 4:20 p.m. ferry steamer Southampton collided in the East River with steam yacht Bellemere, causing damage to the yacht estimated at $2,000. Damage to ferryboat slight. No one was hurt. Investigated August 22. Decision, August 30, suspending license of William E. Torrey, master and pilot of the Bellemere, for twenty-one days.

July 30 - About 11:30 a.m. ferry steamer Princeton collided in the North River with towing steamer Glen Cove, causing very slight damage.

August 5 - About 10:15 a.m. steamer City of Norwalk collided in the North River with schooner Emma Hendrix, causing slight damage.

August 6 - About 11:30 a.m.,  while steam yacht Saghaya and steam yacht Corsair were at anchor off Twenty-sixth street, East River, the yachts drifted together, doing some damage.

August 7 - About 12:15 a.m., while towing steamer J. Fred Lohman was landing a float at the Lehigh Valley Railroad docks, Jersey City. Herman Birckholtz, the floatman in charge of float, fell overboard and was drowned.

August 10 - About 4:30 p.m. steam yacht American collided in New York Bay with steamship Tuscarora, causing damage to the yacht estimated at $200. The American was just after transferring a man to the steamship who had fallen overboard and had been rescued by the yacht.

August 10 - About 10 p.m., while steamer San Juan was proceeding up the South Channel, New York Harbor, she collided with the schooner Hereward, doing slight damage.

August 10 - About 8 p.m., while excursion steamer William Storie was in Newark Bay, New Jersey, a passenger jumped overboard and was drowned. His name not known.

August 13 - About 11:50 p.m. ferry steamers Philadelphia and Pavonia collided in the North River, causing damage to the Pavonia estimated at $1,000. Considerable damage to the Philadelphia. No one was hurt. Investigated, August 21. Decision, August 23, suspending license of George S. Funston, pilot of the Pavonia, for twenty-one days.

August 13 - About 1:05 p.m., while towing steamer New York Central No. 15 was coming out of dock at Union Stores, Brooklyn, she collided with towboat Wm. J. McCaldin, causing considerable damage. No one was hurt.

August 16 - Scow in tow of tug Edna V. Crew collided in the North River with the freight steamer Express, causing very slight damage.

August 20 - About 8 a.m. towing steamer H. H. Newkirk collided in the East River with ferry steamer Jamaica, causing some damage to the towboat.

August 20 - About 9:45 p.m. barge in tow of tug Joseph Peene, Sr., collided in the East River with towboat Kathryn, causing considerable damage. The Kathryn had a barge also in tow.

August 21 - About 6:05 a.m. canal boat in tow of tug Ganoga collided in the North River with ferry steamer Passaic, causing slight damage.

August 23 - About 7:20 p.m. ferry steamer Ohio collided in the East River with schooner William Roe, causing slight damage.

September 3 - About 10 a.m. towing steamer James Watt collided off South Ninth street, Brooklyn, with fire boat David A. Boody, causing very slight damage.

September 3 - Towing steamer Wm. H. Vanderbilt was going into slip at Pier 41, North River, and collided with rowboat containing two boys and one girl. Crew of the tug rescued the boys, but the girl was drowned.

September 14 - About 9:40 a.m. barge Oneida,  in tow of tug New York Central No. 13, collided off Pier 19, North River, with steam lighter Admiral, causing very slight damage.

September 19 - About 2 p.m., while towing steamer Argo was in the East River, near Sands Point, with barge Colmar in tow, a deck hand on the barge named George Judig fell overboard and was drowned.

September 24 - About 11 p.m. towing steamer John Fleming had two dumpers in tow, and, when off Sandy Hook light-ship, one of the dumpers was capsized and the man in charge of her was drowned.

September 26 - About 6:20 p.m., while steam yacht Susquehanna, was at anchor off Thirty-eighth street, North River, she was struck by excursion steamer John Sylvester, causing some damage. The steamer John Sylvester, after disengaging herself from the Susquehanna, came in collision with steam yacht Wanda, also at anchor, causing very slight damage.

September 28 - About 4:15 p.m. the steam yacht Nourmahal collided with excursion steamer North Star in the Swash Channel, New York Harbor, causing considerable damage to both. Steamers were returning from international yacht races. Investigated November 18 and 23. Decision, November 30. Case dismissed.

September 28 - About 8:15 a.m. steamers Penobscot and Montauk collided off Tenth street, East River, causing very slight damage.

September 28 - About 4:25 p. m. excursion steamer Shinnecock and steam yacht Oneida collided in the east channel, New York Harbor, causing slight damage. Steamers were returning from international yacht races. No one hurt.

September 30 - Steam yacht Corsair collided, off Barreto Point, East River, with a sloop yacht, causing slight damage.

October 1 - About 6:30 p.m. towing steamer M. Moran collided with pleasure steamer Aileen, off Governors Island, causing slight damage.

October 4 - About 7:30 p.m. canal boat in tow of tug E. C. Baker collided with steamship Goldsboro, off Wall street, East River, causing canal boat to sink. The canal boat was loaded with coal. No one was hurt.

October 4 - Car float in tow of tug Slatington collided with ferry steamer Elizabeth in the North River, causing very slight damage.

October 4 - About 5:30 p.m. ferry steamer Annex a collided with towing steamer Edward M. Timmius, off Central Railroad Slip, Jersey City, causing very slight damage.

October 10 - About 3 a.m. towing steamer Gowanus, while at dock in Gowanus Creek, filled with water and sunk. Steamer was raised and it was found that a seam had opened. No other damage.

October 12 - About 7:40 a.m. passenger steamer Dean Richmond collided with passenger steamer Mary Powell off Marlboro, Hudson River, causing very slight damage. Cause of accident, a thick fog.

October 18 - At 7:30 a.m. in latitude 31? 50' N., longitude 76? 20' W., the steam ship Havana broke her stern tube shaft allowing tail shaft and wheel to run aft about 25 feet; wheel and the shaft chained and ship continued her voyage. No one hurt.

October 22 - About 8:10 a.m. ferry steamer Elizabeth on route for Jersey City, when fire broke out in hold. Steamer went into slip and passengers landed safe at Jersey City. Steamer was then backed out into stream and beached on Communipaw Flats with fire boats and tugs endeavoring to extinguish fire. No one injured.

October 17 - Decision was rendered by the local inspectors in the case of investigation of complaint made by George R. Bidwell, collector of customs at New York, against William Burrows, pilot of steamer Mermaid, suspending the license of Mr. Burrows for thirty days. On October 25 the supervising inspector of the second district modified this decision to suspension of Mr. Burrows's license for twenty days.

October 25 - About 2:05 p.m. steam lighter Transfer collided with propeller Sarah A. Jenks off Pier 25, North River, causing slight damage.

October 25 - About 7:45 p.m. ferry steamer Hamburgh collided with towing steamer Titan off Barclay street, North River, causing slight damage.

October 27 - About 6:15 p.m. passenger steamer Horatio Hall collided with ferry steamer College Point off Ninety-ninth street, East River, causing considerable damage to ferry steamer. Damage to Horatio Hall very slight. No one injured.

October 29 - Investigation was held in the matter of complaint made by officers of Newark Bay Drawbridge against Howard J. Armstrong, master of steamer T. L. Sturtevant. Decision rendered November 13. Case  dismissed.

October 29 - About 8:15 a.m., while tug Pilot was towing a scow to Sandy Hook light-ship and when near the light-ship, the scow took a list to port and suddenly turned over and sunk. One man who was on board the scow was drowned.

October 29 - At about 5:45 a.m. the steamer Buenaventura collided in the North River with two barges in tow of the steamer Thomas Purcell, Jr., causing considerable damage. The barges were towed to Communipaw Flats, where they filled with water.

October 29 - During the night tug Bluestone sunk at her dock by catching her bow under the dock and filling with water through the bunker holes. No one injured.

October 31 - About 5:30 p.m. tug Brilliant collided with tug Chas. E. Soper in Newark Bay, doing no damage.

November 5 - About 12:03 p.m. ferry steamer Communipaw collided in the North River with an ice barge in tow of tug W. N. Bavier, causing the barge to leak.

November 6 - About 5:30 a.m. tug Wrestler collided in Hell Gate with tug Ida L. Tebo, sinking the latter. No lives lost.

November 9 - About 7 p.m. tug Geo. B. Roe collided in Raritan River with naphtha launch Helen B. slightly damaging both boats. No one injured.

November 9 - About 6:50 a.m. a dumper in tow of tug Alfred W. Booth collided in the East River with steamer Windsor while the latter was lying at end of Pier 48, causing slight damage.

November 9 - About 9 p.m. float in tow of tug Wallace B. Flint collided in the East River with barge in tow of steamer E. Luckenbach, slightly damaging the float. No one injured.

November 9 - Towing steamer G. W. Wright, while lying at dock at Ninety-ninth street, North River, took fire and sunk. No one injured. Cause of fire unknown.

November 13 - About 4 p.m. steam canal boat Gypsum collided in Morris Canal Basin, North River, with barge in tow of tug Ceres. Damage to Gypsum about $300. No one hurt.

November 15 - About 5:40 p.m. a canal boat in tow of tug Komuk collided off Robbins Reef with a steam lighter reported to be the Clarence, but denied by the latter steamer's master. No one hurt.

November 21 - About 5:35 p.m. the passenger steamer H. M. Whitney had a slight collision in the East River with the ferry steamer Express. Damage slight. No one hurt.

November 22 - About 8 p.m. tug Navigator encountered a gale off Manasquan; later two of the three barges she had in tow signaled to take crew off, which was done: the third barge did not signal. The tug's steering gear then gave way, but she was subsequently repaired and a search made for the missing barge. The barge was found on the beach. Not known if crew was saved.

November 23 - About 11:30 p.m. tug Robert Haddon drifted on the beach, at Long Branch, after losing her rudder and becoming unmanageable. Believed to be a total loss. No lives lost or persons injured.

November 24 - During a severe storm the barges Wilmore and Grant, in tow of tug Eureka, broke away from tug and were driven ashore. One man on the Wilmore was drowned, and it is believed that the crew of the Grant were also drowned. The tug was on her way from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and bound for Fall River, Mass. Barges went ashore about 12 miles north of Barnegat.

December 4 - About 5:20 p.m. barge in tow of tug Transport collided in the East River with steamer Chester W. Chapin, causing considerable damage to the barge. No one hurt.

December 6 - About 7 p.m. ferry steamer Colorado collided in the East River with steamship H. M. Whitney, causing very slight damage. No one hurt.

December 9 - About 3:05 a.m. float in tow of tug Slatington collided in the North River with ferry steamer Fanwood, causing some damage. No one injured.

December 9 - About 4:20 a.m. barge in tow of tug Transfer No. 4 collided in the East River with coal boats in tow of tug Robert Robinson, causing the barge to sink. The steamer Mohegan then came in collision with float in tow of tug Transfer No. 4, which had broken away from the tug at time of collision, doing considerable damage to float, but no damage to the Mohegan. No one injured.

December 13 - About 7:10 p.m. during a thick fog, the ferry steamer Joseph J. O'Donahue collided in the East River with towing steamer Lowell M. Palmer, causing very slight damage.

December 13 - About 7:10 a.m., during the existence of a dense fog, the ferry steamer College Point grounded on reef at North Brother Island, East River. The passengers were taken off by means of steamer's lifeboat and landed at New York. The steamer floated and was put on dry dock and repaired. No one injured.

December 15 - About 5 p.m. towing steamer Agnes, while lying at Atlantic dock, Brooklyn, filled with water and sunk. Cause unknown. Steamer was raised. No one hurt.

December 16 - About 5:20 p.m. ferry steamer Lakewood collided with ferry steamer Bound Brook at foot of Liberty street, North River, causing very slight damage. The Bound Brook was lying at her slip when the accident occurred. No one hurt.

December 17 - About 5:25 p.m. ferry steamer Hudson City collided with ferry steamer Princeton in the North River, causing slight damage to the Hudson City and injuring three of her passengers. No damage to the Princeton and no person injured on her.

December 18 - About 9:20 p.m. lighter Annie, in tow of tug Sterling, collided in the East River with steamer Chelsea, causing damage to the Annie, estimated at $1,000. No one injured.

December 19 - About 6:20 p.m. steam lighter Border City collided in the East River, off Pier 34,with ferry steamer Southampton, causing slight damage to the Border City, estimated at $50. No damage to the Southampton. No one injured.

December 24 - About 3:15 p.m. ferry steamer Virginia collided in the East River, off Delancey street, with towing steamer R. J. Moran, causing very slight damage. No one hurt.

December 25 - About 6:30 p.m. fire broke out on board steam yacht Thetis while lying at foot of Twenty-third street, Brooklyn, doing considerable damage. There were no officers on board, but steamer was in charge of a watchman, who was absent at his supper when the fire started. Cause of fire unknown.

December 26 - About 5:15 p.m. towing steamer N. B. Starbuck collided in the East River with steamer Thomas F. Gilroy, doing very slight damage. No one injured.

December 28 - About 11:15 a.m. barge in tow of tug T. A. Briggs collided in the East River with towing steamer Traffic, causing damage to the barge estimated at $350. No one hurt.

December 29 - About 9:30 a.m. steamer Newburgh collided off Ninety-fifth street, North River, with steam lighter Clifford, lying at anchor, doing such damage that the Clifford immediately sunk. The Clifford was raised and put on dry dock and repaired. Damage estimated, $10,000. No lives lost. There was a dense fog at the time, and the Clifford had just anchored as the fog was too thick to proceed.

December 30 - About 11:15 a.m. scow in tow of tug Olympia collided in the East River with steamer Northman, causing some damage to the scow. No one injured.

December 31 - Decision was rendered, after investigation was held, in the matter of complaint made by Capt. Thomas D. Walker, of the Revenue-Cutter Service, who was in charge of the patrol fleet at the international yacht races, against the steamer Grand Republic of violating rules by crossing the line of patrol boats in violation of yacht race rules, and the license of John A. Pease, master and pilot of the steamer Grand Republic, was suspended for a period of twenty days. The violation occurred on October 4, 1901, at sea, off Sandy Hook.

 

 

Source: "Annual Report of the Inspector-General, Steamboat Inspection Service for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1902, Washington Government Printing Office, 1902; transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team

CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - SECOND DISTRICT

LOCAL DISTRICT OF ALBANY, NEW YORK - 1901

April 8 - The steamers John McCausland and Glenerie had a collision near the mouth of Rondout Creek, sinking the Glenerie and damaging the McCausland to the amount of $100. No personal injury. An investigation as to the cause of the collision was held on April 19, and the license of John F. Voigt, pilot of steamer John McCausland, was suspended for negligence and inattention to duty.

June 7 - The steamer Dean Richmond in attempting to pass between the steamer General McDonald and her tow, she being bound down the river, and a tow of light boats in tow of tug Camelia, bound up the river, collided with the McDonald, doing considerable damage to that steamer, amount not reported, and damaging the Dean Richmond to the extent of between $2,000 and $3,000.

October 2 - The tug James A. Morris, bound from Albany, New York, to Coxsackie, New York, when abreast of Sunnyside Island, caught fire from unknown cause and was totally destroyed. Tug was valued at $7,000; insurance, $5.000.

October 6 - The tug P. McCabe, Jr., while lying at the dock at Watervliet, New York, caught fire from some unknown cause and was damaged to the amount of $5,000.

October 9 - The passenger steamer Alice May, bound from Coeymans, New York, to New Baltimore, New York, ran on a sunken stone scow that had been sunk early in the morning of that day and was not properly buoyed, doing damage to the steamer to the amount of $350.

November 16 - The tug Paul Le Roux, while lying at the dock at Rensselaer, New York, caught fire from some unknown cause and was totally destroyed. Tug valued at $11,000. Amount of insurance, $6,000.

November 29 - The tug O. A. Crandall, while working in the ice, was cut through and sunk. Tug was damaged to the amount of $800.

 

CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS - NINTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF BUFFALO, NEW YORK - 1901

May 9 - About 5:30 p.m., while steamer Tuscarora was bound up Lake Erie, pony check valve on boiler broke off at flange, and scalded fireman B. Brennan, but not seriously.

May 9 - About 6:45 p.m., while steamer Homer Warren was entering Buffalo Creek, and when near entrance to Blackwell Canal, she met steamer Saranac, and, in attempting to pass, the steamers collided. Damage to Saranac, $5,000; to Homer Warren, $2,000. Case investigated.

May 10 - About 10 a.m., while steamer John W. Moore was lying at Smelting Works Dock, in Niagara River, watchman William Lawler, while putting on hatches, became overbalanced and fell into the hold, sustaining injuries which resulted in his death.

May 11 - About 10 a.m., while steamer Nymph was en route from Detroit to Philadelphia, she ran aground at Point Abino, Lake Erie. Damage about $1,500.

June 17 - Charges were preferred by Superintendent Wharton of the International Ferry Company against Pilot Thomas Newton, for intoxication and neglect of duty. Found guilty of violation of section 4442, Revised Statutes, and license suspended for thirty days.

June 27 - About 1 p. m., while steamer Hennepin was loading at her dock in the Blackwell Canal, she caught fire from adjacent freight house which was burning, and nearly all upper works were destroyed and machinery damaged. Loss, $30,000.

July 10 - About 5:45 p.m., while steamer City of Erie was coming in Buffalo Creek, which was in a state of congestion, she met steamer Hudson bound out; and, in attempting to pass, the two boats came together. Damage to City of Erie, $1,000; to Hudson, $700.

July 14 - About 4 a.m., while steamer Puritan was lying at her dock in Buffalo Creek, she took fire from some unknown cause, destroying all upper works, and damaging boiler and machinery. Loss, $10,000.

July 18 - About 5 p.m., while steamer May French was towing a coal scow near the foot of Navy Island, Niagara River, she went aground and was damaged to the extent of $3,000.

July 23 - Dr. C. W. Hayt left Cleveland, Ohio, on steamer City of Buffalo, and upon arrival at Buffalo was found to be missing. Supposed to have fallen overboard and drowned. Body subsequently recovered.

August 4 - In the evening, a man (name unknown), while in an intoxicated condition, fell from steamer Corsair into the Erie Canal, near the foot of Porter avenue, and was drowned.

August 9 - About 9 p. m., steamer New Orleans was about to pass steamer Edward Smith with barge Keweenaw in tow, outside of Buffalo breakwater, when barge broke adrift and collided with the New Orleans, breaking some planking and causing Keweenaw to waterlog. No damage to New Orleans.

August 25 - About 2 p.m., while steamer Ella H was lying at her dock at Edgewater, Niagara River, a man by the name of Ernest Gilsey fell overboard and was drowned.

August 30 - About 3 a.m., steamer S. S. Curry was entering Buffalo Harbor, and while making turn in Blackwell Canal her stern swung around, owing to current, and hit steamer M. Sicken, which was lying alongside of dock, sinking her. Damage to M. Sicken, $150.

September 17 - While steamer Genevieve was towing a mud scow outside of Buffalo breakwater, a man (name unknown) was washed overboard from scow, and drowned before assistance could be rendered.

September 19 - George Wick, master of steamer Alvin, alleged by owner to have been intoxicated while on duty. Charges preferred by owner William C. E. Dechert. Case was investigated and license of the master was suspended for sixty days. Owner also reported to collector of customs for carrying a greater number of persons than allowed by certificate of inspection.

September 30 - Steamer City of Genoa, in tow of steamer Mecosta, while on Lake Erie, about 30 miles above Long Point, caught fire, which destroyed entire forward end and down to main deck. Damage, $15,000.

October 2 - About 4:30 a.m., steamer John Oades, bound from Chicago to Buffalo, when on Lake Erie, in the vicinity of Buffalo, ran on Seneca Shoal. Steamer had to be lightered. Loss, $2,800.

October 18 - About 6:30 p.m., while steamer Wm. H. Gratwick was leaving P. & R. coal dock, Buffalo Harbor, with tug ahead and tug astern, she stranded and struck heavily. Cargo had to be transferred to another vessel and steamer docked. Damage, $10,000.

October 19 - About 11 p.m., while steamer S. W. Gee was towing barge Vineland out into the lake, and in attempting to turn, stern of tug came against the barge, the jar throwing Fred Steller, fireman, into the engine, injuring him badly.

October 19 - While steamer Swallow was bound down Lake Erie she encountered a heavy gale, sprang a leak, and foundered about 18 miles west of Long Point, being a total loss, $12,000.

October 29 - About 1 a.m., while steamer P. H. Birkhead was lying at dock at Black Rock, fire broke out, caused by the explosion of a lamp, and damaged cabin and covering of boiler to the extent of $1,000.

October 31 - About 5 p.m., while Government steamer General John M. Wilson was making a landing at the south end of old breakwater, fireman Frank Kurtz, while attempting to get a line out, fell overboard and was drowned.

December 8 - About 2 a.m., while steamer Idlehour was lying at Elmwood beach dock, Niagara River, fire broke out and vessel was burned to water's edge. Loss, $32,000.
 

CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS - NINTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF OSWEGO, NEW YORK - 1901

May 24 - About 10 a.m., steamer Empire State, when near Brockville, Ontario, en route from Ogdensburg to Kingston, sprang a leak, and was beached to avoid foundering. No damage to vessel.

July 8 - Steamer Nightingale, on River St. Lawrence, near Thousand Island Park, broke her shaft. Estimated cost of repairs reported, $25.

July 12 - Steamer Nettie ran on Stone Quarry Shoal, River St. Lawrence. Reported damage, $35.

September 19 - Steamer Stewart, in her slip at Ogdensburg, New York, was destroyed by fire; supposed incendiary. Loss reported, $350.
 

CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - SECOND DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF BANGOR, MAINE - 1901

July 17 - Steamer Golden Rod, soon after leaving wharf at Southwest Harbor, Maine, broke connecting rod of intermediate engine and cracked cylinder and cylinder head. No other damage, and no one injured.

August 8  - Steam launch Beatrice grounded on ledge off Spectacle Island, Frenchman's Bay, while trying to make Winter Harbor, at 10 p.m., and very dark. Floated next morning at 1 o'clock with very little damage. No one injured.

August 12  - Ferry steamer Bon Ton broke piston rod while making landing at Brewer. No other damage, and no one injured.

September 6  - Steamer City of Bangor, while getting away from wharf at Searsport, Maine, broke eccentric on starboard shaft. Towed to Belfast and landed passengers; thence to Hampden, where repairs were made. No other damage and no one injured.

November 6  - Steamer Frank and Lloyd was in collision with and sunk a small sailboat while going through Letete Passage, New Brunswick, during very dark evening, the sailboat showing no lights at the time. No damage to steamer and no one lost or injured.

November 28  - Steamer Mina and Lizzie, while coming out of Indian River, near Jonesport, Maine, struck on point of rocks, damaging her to the amount of about $200. Proceeded to Portland. Maine, where repairs were made.


CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - SECOND DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF PORTLAND, MAINE - 1901

February 25 - Steamship Manhattan, on arrival at Portland, Maine, found broken crank pin. Crank shaft taken out and new pin put in.

May 10 - Steamer Cumberland, on passage from Eastport to Portland, when about 6 miles west of Seguin Island, was in collision with schooner Paul Seavey. Very thick fog and no signals heard from schooner. Slight damage to steamer's top. Schooner's jib boom carried away. No one lost or injured.

July 5 - While steamer Sagadahoc was on passage from Bath, Maine, to Boston, Mass., about 11 p.m., Pauline Bennett, of Boston, Mass., was found dead in state room with two bullet holes in side. Case of suicide. No blame attached to officers or crew of steamer.

July 7 - Steamer Alice Howard, during dense fog and low tide, struck on Little Philip Ledge at mouth of Piscataqua River. Lost tail shaft and wheel. No other damage. No one lost or injured.

August 1 - Steamer Winter Harbor collided with small sloop at Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Caused by boat tacking under steamer's bow. Slight damage to both vessels. No one lost or injured.

August 29 - Schooner William Neely, of New York, New York, was found running on expired certificate of inspection. Case reported to United States collector of customs, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 30, 1901.

September 4 - Steamer Mineola was in collision with schooner George F. Keene, off Seguin Island, Maine. Very thick fog. fresh breeze, and schooner's horn not heard until too near to avoid collision. Steamer damaged in upper works about $300. Schooner lost some head gear. No one lost.

September 12 - Schooner Lucy H. Russell, of Port Jefferson, New York, found running on expired certificate of inspection. Case reported to United States collector of customs, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, September 13, 1901.

September 21 - Schooner William C. Carnegie, of Portland, Maine, found running on expired certificate of inspection. Case was reported to United States collector of customs, Portland, Maine, September 21, 1901.

September 28 - Schooner George E. Walcott, of Portland, Maine, found to have been running on expired certificate of inspection. Case reported to United States collector of customs, Portland, Maine, September 28, 1901.

November 28 - Steamer Alice Howard, while in service on Piscataqua River, broke tail shaft. No other damage. No one lost or injured.

December 4 - While steamers Stephen Decatur and Charles A. Warren were passing with scows in tow, in Portland Harbor, owing to strong beam wind, scows came together, doing some damage to light scow in tow of Warren. No damage to steamers. No one lost or injured.

December 4 - While steamer William Kemp was leaving Portland Harbor with tow, crosshead strap on engine broke and cylinder head was broken. No one injured. Damage estimated at $200.

December 5 - Ferry steamer Elizabeth City, while crossing Portland Harbor, in dense vapor, came in collision with schooner Methebesec in tow of Wawenoc, causing some damage to Elizabeth City in houses and upper deck and slight damage to schooner's head gear. No one lost or injured.
 

CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - SECOND DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND - 1901

February 22 - About 12 -.m., steamer S. J. Murphy collided at Earl's dock, Providence, with barge in tow of tug Gaspee, and this in turn caused barge to collide with schooner Sarah Quinn lying at her dock. No damage to the S. J. Murphy. Damage to Sarah Quinn estimated at $150. Damage to dock about $250. No one hurt.

March 19 - Revoked license of Joseph W. George, assistant engineer, upon evidence showing that he had either forged or procured forged signature to his application for license.

March 21 and 27 - Investigated case of the illegal transportation, on March 13, 1901, of a small quantity of gasoline on ferry steamer Beavertail. Decision April 2, exonerating licensed officers and owners from blame in the matter. Case referred to the United States district attorney at Providence for further action if he deemed necessary.

April 3 - About 8:15 p.m., passenger steamer C. W. Chapin ran aground on Patience Island, Narragansett Bay. There was a thick fog at the time. Steamer was bound for New York from Providence, and had 164 passengers on board. No lives lost. Passengers and cargo taken back to Providence by passenger steamer Bay Queen. Estimated damage to steamer, $25,000.

April 7 - Oyster steamer Ivernia sunk at the dock of the American Oyster Company, Providence, through some cause unknown. Steamer was raised shortly afterwards. No loss of any consequence.

April 13 - Passenger steamer Awashonks was totally destroyed by fire at Tiverton, Rhode Island. Steamer was laid up. Fire supposed to have been of incendiary origin. Steamer valued at $30,000.

May 23 - About 2:55 a.m., passenger steamer Rhode Island struck breakwater at Point Judith, Rhode Island. Cause, thick fog. Damage slight. No one hurt. Steamer backed off breakwater and proceeded on her way to Providence.

June 5 - Investigated complaint against captain of tug Wm. H. Baldwin, charged with reckless navigation, thereby causing a narrow escape from collision with yawl Valella on May 24, near Warwick Neck, Rhode Island. Master and pilot's license of William T. Pratt, of tug Wm. H. Baldwin, suspended for ten days for reckless navigation.

June 7 - About 1:55 p.m., while tug H. S. Beard was towing two scows from Warwick Neck to south end of Prudence Island, Captain Walters, in charge of one of the scows, was lost overboard. Both scows were being towed on a 60-foot hawser. The wind was very fresh and quite a sea running. The loss was not noticed immediately, and nothing could be done toward his recovery.

June 14 - Fishing steamer Geo. W. Humphrey, coming in from the fishing grounds, 50 miles southeast from Block Island, in a dense fog, struck heavy on the south part of Block Island, breaking the steamer's rudder and skag. No one hurt. Was able to steer all right and came to Tiverton, Rhode Island, to dry dock for repairs.

June 15 - Fishing steamer Geo. Curtis collided in Newport Harbor with one of the barges in tow of steamer Nathan Hale, breaking stem of barge and rail of steamer Geo. Curtis, and causing other slight damage to latter steamer. Weather was quite thick at the time. No one hurt.

June 20 - Fishing steamer A. T. Serrell, in going through draw of Stone Bridge, Sakonnet River, struck bridge, doing damage to the steamer estimated at $150. Accident due to strong tide running. No one hurt.

June 21 - Collision occurred between passenger steamer Priscilla and schooner Sarah L. Thompson near Hog Island light-ship, Narragansett Bay, at 8:16 p.m. Extent of damage not reported. A tug which just hailed the steamer was sent to the schooner. There was a thick fog at the time of accident.

June 22 - At 1:02 a.m., passenger steamer Priscilla collided with barge George Hughes, belonging to the Hughes Towing Company of New York, while nearly abreast of Point Judith, Rhode Island. Accident was due to a very thick fog prevailing. Damage to steamer and barge slight. No one hurt.

August 25 -  At 2:25 p.m., schooner yacht Iroquois collided with steamer Nourmahal, the latter lying with her anchor down, in Newport Harbor. Mainsail of schooner Iroquois was badly torn and starboard railing and stanchions damaged. Damage estimated at $150. No damage to the Nourmahal. No one hurt.

October 15 - Carl M. Hansen, engineer of oyster steamer J. and G. H. Smith, was accidentally drowned below Rocky Point, Narragansett Bay. Engineer was seen, from steamer Narragansett nearby, to start from aft to go forward on the rail. He missed his hold and fell overboard, and not being able to swim was drowned before help could reach him.
 

CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - SECOND DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - 1901

February 11 - While steamer St. Croix was on her passage from Boston to St. Johns, New Brunswick, a crack was discovered in one of her main steam pipes (copper). The pressure was reduced and pipe repaired at St. Johns. No personal injury.

February 12 - Steamer Cornelia caught fire while lying at her wharf at South Boston. Most of the top of the house was destroyed. Amount of loss not stated.

February 20 - A collision occurred in Boston Harbor between a lighter in tow of steamer Robert S. Bradley and the towboat Curlew, sinking the latter. No lives lost or personal injury. Amount of loss not stated. Report of investigation exonerated the officers in charge of both steamers.

March 1 - Tug Cormorant took fire at night while lying at wharf at Boston. The deck house from cabin to pilot house was burned, causing a damage of about $800. Cause of fire unknown. No personal injury.

April 2 - Mr. Nicholas J. Peterson, fireman on steamer Old Dominion, was killed by getting accidentally caught in the cable of elevator winch. Steamer was lying at Boston at the time.

April 5 -  A collision occurred in Massachusetts Bay, during a dense fog. between steamships Admiral Schley and Charles F. Mayer. Estimated damage to former $15,000, and to latter $4,000. No personal injury on either steamer.

April 6 - Steamship Seaboard collided with schooner, name unknown, in Boston outer harbor, by dragging her anchor during a heavy wind, doing some damage to schooner's jib boom and to steamer's rail. Amount of loss not stated.

April 6 - While steamer Neckan was off Cape Ann on the passage from Portland, Maine, to this port, one of the oiler tubes gave way, slightly scalding the fire man and disabling the steamer, which was towed into Gloucester.

May 7 - A collision occurred in Boston Harbor between tugs Plymouth and Buccaneer, doing some damage to Buccaneer, but amount of loss not stated. No damage reported as to Plymouth.

June 17 - A collision occurred in Lynn Harbor between steamer Madeleine and a small sailing yacht, name unknown. The bowsprit was broken on the yacht and about $15 damage to steamer. No personal injury. The report of captain of steamer states it was at night and the yacht had no lights of any kind.

June 23 - The steamer City of Bangor, while coming up Boston Harbor in a thick fog, struck the naphtha launch Estelle, lying at anchor in ship channel. By this accident two men from the launch were drowned, viz., L. H. Dickey, of Roxbury, and Charles Robinson, of Dorchester.

June 23 - The steamer Putnam, while coming through President Roads in Boston Lower Harbor, collided with foreign steamer Straits of Dover, at anchor. Damage to Putnam about $50: to Straits of Dover, none reported. The master of Putnam reports fog very dense at the time.

June 28 - While steamer Pallas was lying at her wharf at Boston, with heavy fires, some of the tubes became overheated and failed. Water-tube boiler. No personal injury.

July 4 - At 9:20 p.m. a collision occurred in Lynn Harbor between steamer Madeleine and a small gasoline launch, name unknown. No damage to either vessel and no personal injury. Captain of steamer reports launch running without lights of any kind.

July 14 - Steamship Navahoe and steam yacht White Heather were in collision in Vineyard Sound during a thick fog. The jib boom and bowsprit of the yacht were carried away. Damage to Navahoe very slight. No personal injury.

July 16 - A collision occurred in Vineyard Sound during a dense fog between a barge in tow of tug Scranton and schooner Dora C. The schooner lost jib boom and some head gear and barge lost main and mizzen masts. No personal injury reported.

July 19 - A slight collision occurred in Boston Harbor between ferry steamer Hugh O'Brien and tug Piedmont, due to a misunderstanding of signals given to other moving steamers. The ferryboat was damaged about $500. Piedmont's loss not stated, but was not seriously damaged. No personal injury.

July 31 - A collision occurred between the ferry steamers City of Lynn and Swampscott, both of the same line, during a thick fog in Boston Harbor. Damage principally to the Swampscott. amounting to about $500. No personal injury.

August 3 - While steamer Putnam was coming up Boston Harbor a crown sheet of the boiler came down. Case investigated and license of the engineer in charge was suspended for neglect to keep his boiler clean. No personal injury. Amount of loss not stated.

August 4 - A slight collision occurred in Boston Harbor between steamers Martinique and Cape Cod during a thick fog. No damage reported to either steamer.

August 25 - A collision occurred in Vineyard Sound between steamship Kershaw and schooner Harold C. Beecher. The master of the Kershaw reports weather clear, but as he was passing schooner suddenly changed her course and struck his steamer on her port quarter. No personal injury or amount of damage reported.

August 26 - A collision occurred near Pollock Rip light-ship during a thick fog between steamship James S. Whitney and coal barge No. 12. C. R. R. of New Jersey, barge striking steamer head on near fore rigging on port side, doing slight damage to both. Amount not stated. No personal injury.

August 31 - The steamer Gladiator collided with a sloop yacht, name unknown, in Boston Harbor. Captain of steamer reports yacht tacked under his bow too late to avoid the collision. No loss of life or amount of damage reported.

September 14 -  Steamer Gov. Andrew broke her port shaft while on the passage from Boston to Pemberton Landing, making balance of passage with one wheel. No personal injury. Amount of loss not stated.

October 26 - The gasoline motor vessel Helen Miller Gould took fire at North Sydney, Cape Breton, and became a total loss. Origin of fire unknown. No personal injury. Loss of vessel and cargo about $27,000.

December 3 - Steam tug Tormentor caught fire while lying at her wharf in Boston and was damaged about $2,500. Cause of fire unknown. No personal injury.

December 17 - A collision occurred in Boston Harbor between steamer Comorant and a schooner in tow of tug Viola. Damage to schooner about $200. No personal injury.
 

CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - SECOND DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - 1901

January 4 - Ferry steamer Philadelphia, when entering the Chestnut Street slip, struck the bridge, owing to the engines failing to reverse, damaging the bridge and slightly injuring two passengers. No damage to steamer.

January 10 - Ferry steamer Baltic and tug Convoy collided off Pier 2 North during a fog, and both vessels received damage. No one hurt.

January 12 - Emil O'Neill, fireman of steamer Josephine Lincoln, fell over board when off Port Richmond and was drowned. All efforts made to save him were futile.

January 15 - Steamer Rescue, when about 15 miles SE of Cape Henlopen, took fire in boiler room, from unknown causes, and was slightly damaged.

January 21 - Investigation of cause of collision between steamers Convoy and Baltic on January 10, suspending pilot of Convoy for fifteen days for violation of rule 2, pilot rules and regulations.

February 16 - Steamers Norman and City Ice Boat  No. 1 collided in the heavy ice at the Horse Shoe. Vessels not injured.

March 4 - Ferryboat Fearless, on her 7:30 a.m. trip from South street, was run into when just clear of the slip by British steamer Vizcania, causing considerable damage to the Fearless.

March 17 - Steamer Yemassee, when to the SW of Cape Charles light-ship, was run into by steamer Wenaca, slightly injuring the Yemassee. Report referred to local inspectors at Norfolk, Va.

April 6 - Steamer Westorer, while trying to dock at 1:30 a.m.. collided with schooner Harry Berwind lying at Pier 31 North. Amount of damage not stated.

April 13 - Steamer Majestic, while coming up the river, when off Dan Baker struck a wreck or obstruction causing her to leak, when she was run ashore at Delaware City and filled. Vessel pumped out on 14th and towed to Philadelphia and docked. Found hole stove in her port bilge.

April 28 - Steamer Meteor collided with scow in tow of tug Ivanhoe in the Christiana Creek, doing considerable damage to both vessels.

May 24 - Steam barge Walston, while at Roach's shipyard, Chester, settled on some obstruction at low water, which punched a hole in the bottom causing the vessel to fill.

May 30 -  Reported schooner Eliza J. Pendleton to collector of customs at Philadelphia for violation of section 4417. Revised Statutes of the United States, in navigating on an expired certificate of inspection.

June 12 - Steamer City of Trenton, in landing at Pier 8, north, struck the bulk head and bent the stem. Two lady passengers were slightly hurt. Damage about $250. The accident caused by engineer mistaking bells.

July 4 - Fishing steamer Alert, when off Barnegat, struck some unknown obstruction and caused her to fill. The vessel was run on the shoals and is a total loss.

July 5 - Miss Arthur Pickels, of Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, said to be demented, a passenger on the steamer Pokanoket, when about three-fourths of a mile below Beverly, New Jersey, jumped overboard from the ladies' toilet room and was drowned. She disappeared from view before assistance could be rendered.

July 6 - Steamer Elva G. Harvey, while lying at Bridgeton, New Jersey, took fire from unknown cause, which destroyed cabin.

July 13 - Steamer John A. Warner collided with Third street bridge at Wilmington, Delaware, caused by failure of the bridge machinery to work. Slight damage to steamer.

August 6 - Tug Frank Pidgeon, Jr., while lying at Pusey & Jones's wharf, Wilmington, Delaware, sunk from some unknown cause. Vessel hauled out on the flats and pumped out next day.

August 11 - The boilers of steamer Pokanoket became disabled while landing at Bristol. Passengers transferred and vessel returned to Philadelphia for repairs.

August 11 - Reported to collector of customs, Philadelphia, schooner Madalene Cooney, for violation of section 4417. Revised Statutes of United States, in navigating on expired certificate of inspection.

August 21 - Steam pilot boat Philadelphia was in collision with steamship Ansgar off the Overfalls light-ship, damaging the pilot boat's stem and plates and doing some damage in engine room.

August 23 - Tug Rambler, while lying at Diamond street wharf, Wilmington, Delaware, took fire from unknown cause and had house destroyed. Engines filled vessel with water and she sunk at the wharf.

August 28 - Steamer City of Trenton, when off Torresdale, Delaware River, exploded port boiler, took fire, and was run ashore on Pennsylvania side, where all woodwork was burned. Several of the passengers and crew are said to be dead and missing.

August 29 - Ferry steamer City of Reading, on her 8:30 p.m. trip to Philadelphia, when off Almond street a cry was raised "man overboard." Boat was stopped and backed to the spot, but failed to see anything of the person.

August 30 - Steamer Mary E. Justice, while proceeding from Philadelphia to Pedricktown, New Jersey, sprang a leak when off Brambles Point, Delaware River, and sunk in 11 feet of water.

September 3 - Steamer Brigantine sunk at her wharf at Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 12 feet of water. Cause unknown.

September 8 - Steamer Twilight, bound for Trenton, New Jersey, when entering Periwig, struck some unknown obstruction and stove a hole in her keel and sunk to her main deck. Passengers safely landed. Vessel pumped out on the 11th and towed to Camden for repairs.

September 9 - Investigation of cause of explosion of boiler on steamer City of Trenton on August 28. Testimony shows that every effort was made by officers and crew to save passengers; and, failing to show laches on the part of licensed officers, the board decided to discontinue the inquiry.

September 17 - Reported schooner Matilda D. Borda, of Philadelphia, of 827 tons, for violation of section 4417, Revised Statutes of United States, in navigating under an expired certificate of inspection. Matter referred to collector of customs at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

September 15 - Reported schooner Malcolm Baxter, Jr., of Manaqua, New Jersey, of 1,732 tons, for violation of section 4417, Revised Statutes of United States, in navigating on expired certificate of inspection. Referred to collector of customs, Philadelphia.

October 7 - Steamer Lafayette, when off College Wharf, Delaware River, took fire, supposed to be from forward end of boiler, and burned so fiercely that the crew had to abandon her. Loss not stated.

October 9 - Ferry steamers Philadelphia and City of Reading collided during heavy fog; considerable damage to bow of City of Reading; slight damage to the Philadelphia.

November 13 - Steamer Covington, bound from Newport News to Providence with tow, when about 5 miles to southward of Fenwick's Island, collided with an unknown steamer and had stem twisted and bow plates started to starboard.

December 1 - From ferry steamer Genl. J. S. Schultze, when off Almond street, on her 6:15 trip to Camden, an unknown man was reported to have jumped overboard. The boat was stopped and backed to the spot, but no trace of the body could be found.

December 9 - While backing out of Walnut street dock from a fire, the fire boat Edwin S. Stuart collided with police steamer Visitor, staving in the waist and rail of the Visitor. No one injured.

December 13 - Reported schooner Estelle Phinney, 922 tons, for violation of section 4417. Revised Statutes of United States, in navigating on an expired certificate of inspection. Matter referred to collector of customs at Philadelphia.

December 15 - Steam tug Ivanhoe, while lying at the Diamond Ice Company's wharf on Brandywine Creek, about 9 p.m., took fire and burned all woodwork. Cause of fire unknown. Loss not stated.


CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS - SEVENTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF PITTSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA - 1901

January 11 - Charges were preferred against Stephen G. Rogers, chief engineer, for drunkenness. Investigated. License was suspended for thirty days.

January 13 - While steamer Belle McGowan was descending the Ohio River with a tow of coal near East Liverpool, Ohio, about midnight, William Smith, fireman, being intoxicated, was ordered to retire. At 6 o'clock in the morning he was nowhere to be found, and is supposed to have fallen overboard and drowned.

February 5 - Steamer Bob Connell, ascending the Monongahela River near Woods Run, ran into a sunken flat and sunk. Steamer abandoned. No lives lost or persons injured.

February 7 - Charges were preferred against Theron Prevance for moving safety valve on steamer Hawk. Investigated and dismissed.

February 11 - Charges were preferred against owners of steam yacht Waverly for navigating without licensed pilot. Investigated and dismissed.

March 26 - Steamer M. D. Wayman, descending the Allegheny River near Herr's Island Dam, struck a hidden obstruction and sunk in 18 feet of water. Steamer was raised. No lives lost or persons injured.

April 5 - George Ernst, coal passer on steamer John Moren, fell overboard and drowned when the steamer was about opposite Trap.

April 10 - Steamer Charley Hook, descending the Monongahela River near Brown's Station, collided with steamer Enterprise, tearing a hole in the Charley Hook. Case was investigated, and license of Henry D. Wilkins. of steamer Enterprise, was suspended ten days.

April 10 - Steamers Return and Winifred, ascending the Ohio River, collided near Ohio River connecting bridge. The captain of steamer Winifred came on board the steamer Return and struck the pilot of said steamer, knocking him insensible. Investigated. License of Thomas Lee Cavett, master and pilot of steamer Winifred, was suspended for twenty days, and the license of Thomas J. Hudson, master and pilot of steamer Return, for a period of ten days.

April 20 -  Steamer Alcedo, while trying to land a sunken flat, disabled her wheel, was run into by a flat, and steamer sunk. Raised. No loss of life.

April 20 - Steamer Robert McKinley, ascending the Monongahela River near Fayette City, Pennsylvania, caught fire and burned to the water's edge, and sunk. No lives lost. Loss, $12,000.

May 11 - John Martin, lamp trimmer on steamer Jim Wood, fell overboard and was drowned near Beaver Bridge. Body was later recovered.

May 28 - The steamer Little Bill, descending the Monongahela River, and steamer Ford City, collided near Jefferson, Pennsylvania, breaking part of the wheel of the steamer Ford City. No investigation.

June 1 - Steamer George S. Ross, delivering tow at Bull Creek, on the Allegheny River, exploded her port boiler, wrecking the steamer and killing the captain, George A. Kelly. Steamer was abandoned. Investigated. Dismissed. Loss $4.000.

June 11 - Steamer Cruiser, ascending the Ohio River with an empty tow near Shoustown, Pennsylvania, broke pitman strap on port engine, knocking out cylinder head and injuring James Davidson, assistant engineer, to such an extent that he died next day at Marcy Hospital.

July 6 - Steamer Venice, while backing out from Flinn's Landing, struck a hidden obstruction and sunk. Steamer abandoned. No lives lost.

August 4 - Steamer Ford City, crossing the Ohio River near Legionville, Pennsylvania, struck an obstruction and sunk. Raised. No persons injured or drowned.

August 8 -  Steamer Dewing & Sons, laid up at night near Lock No. 7, Monongahela River, filled with water and sunk. Caused by rusting off of supply pipe. Steamer was raised. No one hurt.

August 11 - Steam yacht Quail, ascending the Youghiogheny River near Corsin Station, blew out two tubes of her boiler, scalding six persons. All recovered.

August 14 - A colored deck hand, name unknown, fell off steamer Admiral Dewey, near Braddock, Pennsylvania, and drowned. He was struck by the wheel and could not be saved. Body not recovered.

August 15 - Steamer Charles Jutte, ascending the Monongahela River in the evening, when about opposite Donora, Pennsylvania, struck a skiff containing five men capsizing same. One man, name unknown, was drowned. Body recovered.

November 6 - While the steamer Rose Hite was lying at Webster, Pennsylvania, loading iron pipe. William Kanuff, a deck hand, was killed by slipping and the pipe falling on his head.

November 20 - Steamer (dredge) Vigilant, dredging sand near Blair, Pennsylvania, was destroyed by fire, caused by setting fire to gas escaping from main in bed of river at that point. Gas was ignited from furnace of steamer. Estimated loss, $14,000. No lives lost or persons injured.

November 26 - M. Carroll, deck hand on Pacific No. 2, while attempting to clear "'nigger" line from timber head, was jerked into river and drowned before assistance could reach him.

November 26 - ____ Reed, deck hand, fell off guards while passing coal on steamer Robert Jenkins, and drowned, while steamer was lying at Tide Coal Landing.

December 6 - Steamers Lookout and Hunter No. 2 collided near Lock No. 1, Monongahela River, doing slight damage. Unavoidable. No investigation.

December 14 - Steamers Virginia and Charley Hook collided on Ohio River near Merriman, Pennsylvania. No loss of life or persons injured. Estimated damage to Charley Hook, about $160.


CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - SECOND DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF NEW LONDON, CONNECTICUT - 1901

April 23 - Steamer Pilgrim, John P. Collins, master, en route Fall River, Massachusetts, to New York, New York, while 6 miles west of Cornfield light-ship. Long Island Sound, dense fog prevailing, struck and sunk schooner Samuel Ricker. Master of schooner, name unknown, reported missing. Cause of casualty, failure of schooner to sound fog horn.

May 30 - Steamer City of Worcester, E. H. McDonald, master, from New York, New York, en route to New London, Connecticut, collided during thick fog with Cornfield light-ship, anchored on her station, Long Island Sound. No lives lost or persons injured. Cause of collision, impossible to correctly locate sound of whistle, owing to impenetrable fog.

July 16 - Steamer Tremont, David L. Wilcox, master, from Providence, Rhode Island, en route to New York, New York, when 2 miles west of Plum Island, Long Island Sound, at 11:40 p.m., was struck by steam yacht Wild Duck. Tremont was towed to New London, Connecticut, in helpless condition, filled and sunk in lower harbor. No lives lost or persons injured. Case investigated, and decision rendered October 7, 1901, exonerating officers of both steamers from blame. Capt. George R. Strahan, master of Wild Duck, was, however, reported to the collector of customs and United States district attorney for navigating his steamer on these waters without licensed authority.

November 9 - Charges were preferred against Bert A. Fielder, engineer, for intemperance and neglect of duty in violation of sections 4449 and 4450, Revised Statutes. Case investigated December 3, but no decision rendered to date.

 

CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - SECOND DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT - 1901

June 15 to July 18 - Steamer Charles R. Hoyt, running on expired certificate of inspection. Case reported to United States district attorney and collector of customs at New Haven, Connecticut

June 24 to August 2 - Samuel Gunnerson, engineer, running steamer of larger tonnage than his license allowed. Case was reported to United States district attorney and collector of customs at Bridgeport, Connecticut.

August 21 - Steamship Cocoa collided in dense fog at 2:40 a.m. with schooner Charley Bucki off New Haven, Connecticut, slightly damaging both vessels. No lives lost nor any person injured. Steamship stood by schooner until daylight, and after giving all assistance needed, proceeded on her way.

October 5 - Passenger steamer C. H. Northam, while making her dock at New Haven, Connecticut, engine centered and steamer collided with a bridge about 25 feet above dock berth, striking an old pier and lying on same over one tide. No damage to steamer.

December 23 - Passenger steamer Allan Joy, while entering harbor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, collided with barge James T. Easton, which was lying at an angle across the channel, and the liability of a collision not discovered in time to prevent same. The barge filled at once and sunk. Extent of damage not stated. No lives lost and nobody injured.

 

CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - THIRD DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF NORFOLK, VIRGINIA - 1901

August 11 - At 9:15 a.m. Will G. Irvin, second steward steamer Mars, fell from rail overboard and was drowned.

 

CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - THIRD DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - 1901

January 19 - About 1:30 a.m. the steam tug Edna got a line in the propeller wheel and went ashore on the east side of the Chesapeake Bay, filled with water, and was a total loss. Estimated loss about $3,000.

March 24 - Henry Riley, second-class pilot, took the small passenger steamer Dispatch and proceeded down the Patapsco River without an engineer on board. Riley fell overboard and was drowned, therefore case was not investigated.

June 7 - About 9 p.m., while the steamer Charles Macalester was proceeding up the Potomac River. John A. Downs, a passenger, jumped overboard and committed suicide by drowning.

June 16 - Between 12 p.m. and 1 a.m. the steam tug Progress collided with a mud scow that had no signal lights up. No damage.

July 6 - The steam launch Dr. W. G. Newbill took fire on the starboard side and was damaged about $150.

July 24 - About 2:30 a.m. fishing steamer Daisy was partially burned while lying at her wharf at Ocrans, Va. Estimated damage $5,000.

July 25 - About 3 p.m. the steamer John W. Garrett and motor vessel Lauretta Curran were in collision in Baltimore Harbor. Damage to each very slight.

July 31 - About 9:30 p.m. the fishing steamer R. B. Douglas collided with schooner Ella G. Pride in Great Wicomico River. Damage to the schooner, $130.

August 6 - About 7:30 a.m. the steamer Westmoreland collided with small sailing vessel in Baltimore Harbor. Damage to sailing vessel estimated at $200.

August 13 - About 7:50 p.m. steamship New Orleans collided with bugeye Rebecca J. White in Baltimore Harbor. Damage to the sailing vessel about $300.

August 22 -  About 5:15 p.m. the steamer Tivoli and steam tug Favorite were in collision in Baltimore Harbor. Damage to the Favorite about $150. Case investigated October 5, 1901, and the license of Robert E. L. Freburger, pilot of the Favorite, was suspended for seven days.

August 26 - About 9:45 a.m. the crown sheets of boiler in steamer Estelle Randall were burned. Case was investigated October 17, 1901, and the engineer, Martin J. Kaupp, was exonerated.

August 27 - About 7:15 a.m. the steamer Endeavor collided with sailing vessel Ida E. Comly in the Chesapeake Bay. The sailing vessel was sunk by the steamer. Case investigated on September 10 and 11, 1901. Steamer was found at fault, and license of M. M. Larrimore. master and pilot, was suspended for a period of thirty days. Damage to schooner, $6,000; to steamer, about $600.

October 2 - About 4 a.m. the steamship Decatur H. Miller collided with a small schooner in the Chesapeake Bay, causing her to fill with water. Estimated damage about $500.

October 4 - Reported to collector of customs, Baltimore, Maryland, the steam tug Rescue for violation of section 4499, Revised Statutes of the United States, on September 2, 1901.

October 4 - Reported to collector of customs, Baltimore, Maryland, the steam tug Ada for violation of section 4499, Revised Statutes of the United States, on August 21, 1901.

October 6 - At night, in Baltimore Harbor, the steam tug Easby was partially burned. Estimated damage about $1,800.

November 8 - About 6:25 p. m. the ferry steamer S. W. Smith collided with schooner Kate R. Waters in Baltimore Harbor. Damage to steamer about $50.

November 10 - Pilot house of steamer Virginia was slightly burned while lying at Fairport, Virginia. Damage very slight.

November 12 - About 2 p.m. the steamer Emma Giles collided with sloop Lizzie in Little Choptank River. Damage to sloop about $100.

November 12 - About 5:45 p.m. the steam tug Venus collided with steam tug Corona in Baltimore Harbor. Damage to Corona about $75. Damage to Venus very small.

November 14 - About 3 p.m. the passenger steamer Richmond was burned while lying at the wharf at Fredericksburg, Virginia. Estimated loss, $75,000.

November 25 - About 5 p.m. the steamer Corsica collided with bugeye W. W. Wilcox in Chester River. Damage to the bugeye small. No damage to steamer.

November 29 - About 4 a.m. steamer Occoquan was burned in Occoquan Creek, Potomac River. Loss about $2,500.

December 12 - Reported to collector of customs, at Baltimore, Maryland, the motor vessel Wm. J. Blankfard, 26 gross tons, of Annapolis, Maryland, for violating section 4426, Revised Statutes of the United States. Previous inspection expired November 16, 1901.

December 19 - About 6:40 p.m. steamer Augusta backed into and struck police steamer Lannan, which steamer was lying at Patterson's wharf. Damage to steamer Lannan about $100, to steamer Augusta none.

December 21 - About 8:30 a.m. the steamer Highland was cut through by ice and filled with water on the Pocomoke River. Estimated damage about $200.

December 26 - About 6 p.m. a man jumped overboard and was drowned from steamer Joppa while leaving her dock at Light street wharf, Baltimore, Maryland.

 

CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - THIRD DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA - 1901

January 10 - Steamer E. A. Hawes sunk at dock at Wilmington, North Carolina. Supposed to have caught under the dock on flood tide. Damages estimated at $1,500.

January 17 - Steamer Pilot Boy collided with schooner Beulah Benton near Rantowles Creek, South Carolina, sinking the schooner. Damages to schooner and cargo estimated at $12,900. Case investigated and officers of steamer exonerated from blame.

January 22 - J. B. Johnson, engineer steamer E. A. Hawes, violated section 4441, Revised Statutes, allowing safety appliances on boiler to become in bad condition. License suspended for thirty days for negligence.

January 28 - Steamer Gardenia driven ashore and sunk at Capers Creek, South Carolina. Damages estimated at $200. Accident caused by heavy wind.

March 2 - Steamer Carrie X, at her dock, Newbern, North Carolina, caught fire in her boiler room. Damages of no consequence. Cause unknown.

March 30 - George Evans, engineer steamer Carrie X, near Newbern, North Carolina, intoxicated, threatened to blow up the boiler. License revoked.

April 9 - Steamer Pearlie May was run into by steamer Nannie B. in attempting to pass from astern while on way up Neuse River about 14 miles above Newbern, North Carolina. License of captain of steamer Nannie B. suspended for fifteen days.

May 11 - J. J. O'Connor, engineer steamer Iris, refused to assist in the inspection of boiler. License suspended for thirty days.

May 11 - Steamer Climax, under construction at Wilmington, North Carolina, and about two-thirds completed, took fire from burning warehouse and was totally destroyed. Loss estimated at $4,000.

May 16 - Steamer Commodore Perry caught fire in lamp room while at her slip in Charleston, South Carolina. Fire was extinguished by the crew with fire apparatus of the steamer. Damages estimated at $50. Cause supposed to be spontaneous combustion.

September 18 - Steamer Seabright stranded inside the mouth of Cape Fear River, North Carolina, during a heavy southeast gale. Steamer was anchored, but dragged to shore and went to pieces. Estimated value, $4.000; estimated loss, $3.600. No one hurt.

November 10 - About 3:30 a.m., in the dock at Georgetown, South Carolina, steamer S. S. Brewster sunk. Steamer supposed to have caught under the dock on flood tide. No one hurt. Estimated damages, $400.

December 1 - About halfway between Wilmington and Point Caswell, North Carolina, on the Cape Fear River, deck hand William McCommit, while chopping wood on the deck of steamer Croesus, fell overboard and drowned. It is supposed that he had a fit. Steamer was stopped and every effort made to save him, but he immediately sunk.

December 19 - Pleasure steamer Geo. D. Purdy, at dock near Verona, North Carolina, was totally destroyed by fire. No one hurt. Origin of fire unknown.


CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - THIRD DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF SAVANNAH, GEORGIA - 1901

January 3 - Steamer Doretta went aground in Ramshorn Creek, South Carolina, and sunk. No loss of life. Steamer raised. Estimated damage, $500. Accident investigated, and license of W. H. Chadwick, master and pilot, revoked.

April 9 - Steamers Huntress and Eclipse collided in Savannah River. No loss of life or property. Damage small. Accident investigated, and license of R. S. Miller, master and pilot, was suspended.

July 30 - James Moore, colored deck hand on steamer Egmont, fell overboard and drowned near Brunswick.

August 25 - Steamers Louise and D. Murchison collided in Savannah River near Sister's Ferry. No loss of life or property. Damage slight. Accident investigated, and license of W. D. Armstrong, master and pilot, and of Ed. G. Turner, Jr., suspended.

October 6 - Steamer Nannine burned at her dock at Wilmington Island. No loss of life. Cause of fire unknown. Estimated damage to steamer, $2,000.

October 18 - Henry Bannon, colored deck hand on steamer Katie, fell overboard and drowned at landing on the Savannah River.

 

CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - THIRD DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - 1901

January 24 - While motor vessel Gazelle was coming up St. Johns River, Florida, she collided with ferry steamer Commodore Barney, which was just leaving her slip. Case investigated January 28, 1901, and both vessels found at fault.

November 12 - While steamer Leo was proceeding up river one Bell, a passenger, who was in an intoxicated condition, fell overboard and drowned. All efforts made to save him were without avail.

December 20 - About 1:25 p.m., while steamships Iroquois and Algonquin were coming up St. Johns River, Florida, in endeavoring to pass one another steam ship Algonquin struck Iroquois on starboard quarter, making a dent, breaking rail, and doing some damage to woodwork, etc. Amount of damage not known.

 

CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS OF LAW, AND INVESTIGATIONS - TENTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF APALACHICOLA, FLORIDA - 1901

March 3 - James A. Yent, engineer of the steamer Capitola, accidentally fell overboard and was drowned at Mclntyre, Florida, on Crooked River.

March 14 - While the steamer J. W. Hires was under way on the Apalachicola River, Theodore Jackson, colored stevedore, shot J. B. Rivers, engineer. He fell overboard after being shot and was drowned.

April 1 - While the steamer Amelia was under way coming down the Suwannee River, she struck the wire cable of the ferry at Dudleyville, Florida, and capsized, and sunk. H. C. White, the engineer, was drowned.

May 1 - The steamer City of Hawkinsville was reported to the United States attorney at Pensacola, Florida, and to the collector of customs at Cedar Keys, Florida, for violation of sections 4427 and 4438, Revised Statutes.

May 30 - While the steamer Crescent City was under way on Apalachicola Bay, she broke her shaft. Estimated damage, $250.

October 11 - While the steamer Anthea was lying at her dock at St. Petersburg, Florida, she accidentally caught fire, burning pilot house and part of deck. Estimated loss, $300.

November 18 - While the steamers Hillsboro and Manatee were under way on Tampa Bay, they collided. Each steamer was damaged to the amount of $200.

 

CASUALTIES - FOURTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - 1901

March 20 - Steamer Rees Lee, while backing from levee at St. Louis, Missouri, was blown against sand barge by suddenly shifting wind. No one injured. Damage, $300. Accident unavoidable. Case not investigated.

April 2 - Manual Davis, colored deck hand on steamer Flying Eagle, was severely scalded by steam escaping from safety valve. At last reports he was expected to live.

April 10 - Steamers India Givens and City of Sheffield collided opposite Tow Head Island, 6 miles above St. Louis, Missouri. Damage, $25. No one injured. Case investigated and license of Frank H. Tesson, pilot of steamer City of Sheffield, was suspended fifteen days for violation of Pilot Rule No. 7.

April 24 - Louis Price and Ed. Armstrong, colored roustabouts on steamer Chester, walked overboard while steamer was lying at bank at Grand Tower, Illinois. Armstrong was saved by boat's crew, but Price did not rise to the surface and was drowned.

April 28 - Steamers Samuel B. Wiggins and Henry C. Haarstick collided in St. Louis Harbor, damaging the former about $40 and the latter very slightly. No one injured. Case investigated, and pilot of steamer Wiggins reprimanded for violating Pilot Rules Nos. 1 and 2.

May 4 - While backing away from landing at St. Louis, Missouri, strong wind blew steamer R. C. Gunter into steamer Dr. Frederick Hill, which was tied to her dock, damaging the former in an amount unknown, breaking seven stationary fenders and two hog-chain braces. No one injured. Case not investigated.

May 12 - Steamer City of Paducah, while trying to back around in a narrow chute, at Brunkhorst's Landing, Illinois, on night of May 12, being heavily laden and sluggish in handling, became unmanageable, struck log or snag protruding from bank and sunk within three minutes in about 20 feet of water. Two passengers are known to have drowned. Boat, valued at $15,000, is a total loss. Damage to cargo, $15,000. Case investigated and officers and crew exonerated.

June 14 - While steamer Chester was lying at Grand Tower, Illinois, taking on coal, Joseph Sears, a colored roustabout, fell overboard from coal barge and was drowned. Every effort was made to save him, but without avail.

June 29 - Edna Jordan, a young white girl, committed suicide by jumping from the bow of barge Luella, attached to steamer Henrietta in Missouri River, above Omaha, Nebraska. Boats were lowered, but the suction probably drew her under the boat, as she did not rise to the surface.

July 20 - Steamer City of Metropolis, while laid up in Quincy Bay, Illinois, in hands of United States marshal, caught fire in manner unknown and burned to water's edge. Steamer, valued at $2,500, is a total loss. No one injured.

August 10 - Boiler deck of steamer Hill City gave way 12 to 18 inches, because large crowd of excursionists gathered in small space. No one seriously injured. Damage, $125.

August 20 - Heater head of steamer Fred Nellis blew out opposite St. Louis Harbor, caused by engineer cramping the exhaust nozzles until the back pressure became too great. Engineer was seriously injured. No one else hurt. Damage, $150.

September 23 - Steamer City of Clifton, while ascending Mississippi River, struck hidden obstruction and sunk in 9 feet of water. Steamer was raised and repaired at a cost of $3,500. Damage to cargo, $4,000. No lives lost. No one injured.

September 24 - Gasoline ferry Eda was accidentally destroyed by fire in Missouri River opposite St. James, Nebraska. Vessel, valued at $1.000, is a total loss. No lives lost. No one injured.

September 26 - Steamer Julia struck hidden obstruction at Snag Island Chute, Mississippi River, and sunk in about 4 feet of water. No lives lost. No one injured. Amount of damage unknown. Steamer was raised.

 

CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - FIFTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF DUBUQUE, IOWA - 1901

April 5 - While steamer Monarch was ascending the Mississippi River at a point opposite Albany, Illinois, Arthur Scott, of Princeton, Iowa, aged 16 years, fell between said steamer and a house boat she had in tow and was drowned. He did not appear at the surface after falling overboard, and it is supposed he was struck by one of the propeller wheels. Young Scott was in the employ of the man who owned the house boat.

May 27 - At 6 p. m. steamer Dubuque, of the Diamond Jo Line, bound for St. Louis, Missouri, from St. Paul, Minnesota, struck a submerged stump, which was directly in the channel, and sunk in 7½ feet of water. The accident occurred about 3 miles below Keithsburg, Illinois, between Government lights Nos. 192 and 193. The hole in steamer's hull, 140 feet long and 6 feet wide, was bulkheaded, under the direction of Capt. John Killeen, superintendent of the line, the vessel raised and towed to Dubuque, Iowa, where she has since been repaired at a cost of $5,000.

June 25 - Leonard Denneston, employed as fireman on steamer Lotus, was missed from said steamer between 8 and 9 p.m., while ascending the Mississippi River between Fairport and Montpelier, Iowa. It is supposed that he fell overboard accidentally. His body was recovered at Muscatine, Iowa, a few days after the accident.

July 12 - Steamer Lizzie Reid, while lying at her moorings at Gettysburg, South Dakota, burned to the water's edge and sunk in 8 feet of water, proving a total loss. Origin of fire unknown. Estimated value of vessel, $2,000.

July 15 - Under date of July 15, 1901, Hon. W. E. White, mayor of Lake City, Minnesota, reported that pleasure steamers Lorena, L. Y. Lenhart, master, and Theresa, Ole Chinburg, master, were engaged in carrying passengers for hire in violation of section 4424, Revised Statutes. Case was referred to the surveyor of customs at St. Paul, Minnesota, July 17, 1901.

September 5 - The upper works, consisting of cabin, texas, and pilot house, of the Carnival City Packet Company's steamer Urania were destroyed by fire, which originated in the laundry on the evening of September 5, while said steamer was lying at Muscatine, Iowa. No lives were lost or persons injured. Damage estimated at $9,000.

September 28 - Arthur Whitney, charged with violating section 4438, Revised Statutes, by one James Moore, who alleged that said Arthur Whitney had on various occasions acted as engineer of steamer A. J. Whitney without a certificate of license. Case was referred to the surveyor of customs at Rock Island, Illinois, October 14, 1901.

November 4 - While navigating the Mississippi River, near Andalusia, Illinois, steamer Ondine struck a snag and sunk in 7 feet of water. Was raised and repaired at a cost of $50.

November 28 - Steamer Merle Spalding, while lying in winter quarters in charge of a watchman, in Read's Landing Bay, Wisconsin, took fire in some unknown manner and was totally destroyed. No lives lost or persons injured. Vessel valued at $4,500.


CASUALTIES, INVESTIGATIONS, AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW - FIFTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF DULUTH, MINNESOTA - 1901

January 3 - In a complaint filed December 21, 1900, by Walter W. Wood, pilot of ferry steamer Estelle, it was alleged that George Wilson and Arthur Van Alstine, engineers on said steamer, refused to serve in their official capacities if Walter W. Wood was employed as pilot thereon, he not being a member of the "Licensed Tugmen's Protective Association of Duluth, Minnesota," said organization having instructed George Wilson not to serve on steamer Estelle for the reason that complainant was not a member of said association, and that Arthur Van Alstine, being a member of the association, also refused to perform duty for the reason that Walter W. Wood was not a member of the association. On January 3, 1901, the case was investigated by the local board, who failed to agree. Appeal was made to the supervising inspector, and upon review of the testimony, charges not being substantiated, case was dismissed February 21, 1901.

January 25 - James Cole charged Walter W. Wood with violation of section 4446, United States Revised Statutes. Upon investigation the accused admitted the charge, and on February 1, 1901, case was referred to the chief officer of customs at Duluth, Minnesota.

April 2 - Dismissed the case of investigation of charges preferred November 22, 1900, against W. J. Slattery and M. A. Hutching of being responsible for the sinking of steamer From, October 6. 1900.

May 18 - -While steamer Bon Ami was making a landing at Split Rock, on north shore of Lake Superior, she struck a rock and received damages to the amount of about $1,000.

May 21 - While tug Zenith was engaged in putting barge Australia alongside of the Mesaba Ore Dock, she struck the middle ground at end of dock, rolled down, filled with water, and sunk in 20 feet of water. Damage to vessel and cost of raising, $3,000.

June 25 - At port of Two Harbors, Minnesota, John McLaughlin, a fireman on steamer Charles R. Van Hise, accidentally fell into hold of vessel and was instantly killed.

June 25 - Harry O'Neal, a deck hand on steamer Coralia, was accidentally drowned in attempting to go ashore on a line.

July 5 - While off the port of Two Harbors, at about 3 a.m., during a dense fog, steamer W. E. Reis and barge Maia collided, the barge being in tow of tug Edna G. Damage to steamer W. E. Reis, $3,000.

July 12 - Steamer D. N. Runnels was navigated beyond the route specified in her certificate of inspection. Case was reported to chief officer of customs at Marquette, Michigan.

July 12 - Pleasure steamer Remnica collided with barge Chippewa, which was in tow of steamer Columbia. Steamer Remnica was descending and the Columbia and barge were ascending the Mississippi River near Red Wing, Minnesota, when collision occurred. Steamer Remnica was damaged to the amount of $500. The case, which was under investigation, was dismissed November 21, 1901.

July 16 - Robert Simpson, engineer on steamer J. D. McFadden, was charged by James Magee, owner of the vessel, with negligence and misconduct in the performance of his duties as engineer. The accused having left this port, the case has yet to be investigated.

July 16 - For having been navigated beyond the route specified in her certificate of inspection, the steamer Fanchon was reported to the chief officer of customs at Duluth, Minnesota.

July 25 - Barge Twin Cities, for being navigated on the waters of the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers, carrying passengers for hire, without inspection, in violation of section 4417. United States Revised Statutes, was reported to chief officer of customs at St. Paul, Minnesota.

August 1 - Barge Chippewa was navigated on the Mississippi River, carrying passengers for hire, without inspection, in violation of section 4417, United States Revised Statutes. Case was reported to chief officer of customs at St. Paul, Minnesota.

August 4 - While steamer Ada Barrett was lying at her dock at Duluth she filled with water and sunk, and was damaged to the extent of $500. Sinking was due to negligence in failing to shut off stopcock in siphon.

August 10 - Steamer Lyric was reported to chief officer of customs at Duluth, Minnesota, for being navigated on the waters of Duluth Harbor without inspection, in violation of section 4417, United States Revised Statutes.

August 17 - Steamer Estelle, used as a ferry between Lake avenue and Park Point, Duluth, was reported to the chief officer of customs at Duluth for violation of section 4472. United States Revised Statutes.

August 24 - While steamer Jay Gould was shifting from one dock to another at the port of Duluth, a boy 13 years of age, by name Alexander McLeod, was found unconscious in the hold of the vessel. No person witnessed the accident, but the supposition is that the boy boarded the vessel and fell down a hatch and into the hold, where he was found by the crew. He received injuries from which he died.

August 25 - While excursion steamer Bloomer Girl was returning to Duluth from a trip up the St. Louis River an excursionist named Louis Rogers lost his life by drowning. It was learned that the man jumped overboard in an attempt to win a bet.

September 20 - Steamer Fedora caught fire while en route from Duluth to Ashland and was totally destroyed. Loss estimated at $90,000. Origin of fire unknown.

September 29 - Steam pleasure yacht Success was navigated on the Mississippi River without inspection, in violation of section 4417, United States Revised Statutes. Case was reported to the chief officer of customs at St. Paul, Minnesota.

October 22 - Tug L. L. Lyon collided with scow Interstate, which was in tow of tug S. C. Maxwell. Damage to tug L. L. Lyon estimated at $400.

November 1 - While engaged in unloading barb wire at Port Arthur, Ontario, Thomas O'Hara, second mate of steamer Mary H. Boyce, accidentally fell into the hold of the vessel and was instantly killed. He had lost his balance by the handle of hoist coming off.

November 14 - Steamer Keystone, while lying at the dock of the Keystone Lumber Company at Ashland, Wisconsin, caught fire and was burned, the damage amounting to about $5,000. Origin of fire unknown.

CASUALTIES - SIXTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - 1900

December 12, 1900 - While en route from Louisville, Kentucky, to Cincinnati, Ohio, steamer City of Cincinnati, when near Brooksburg, Indiana, broke her starboard water-wheel shaft, knocking out cylinder heads, breaking pitman and crosshead. Damage, $3,500. No one injured.

LOCAL DISTRICT OF LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - 1901

March 19, 1901 - Steamer Transit, while assisting towing steamer Tornado with a tow of loaded coal boats over the Falls of the Ohio, at Louisville, Kentucky, struck the rocks and sunk. No one injured. Loss, $10,000. Steamer raised and repaired.

June 29 - Ed Brown, an intoxicated colored man, fell overboard and was drowned from steamer Lizzie Bay at Madison, Indiana.

September 1 - While steamer Chas. B. Pearce was descending the Kentucky River, the fireman and two deck hands engaged in a friendly scuffle, when one of them. Robert Cox, fell into the river and drowned. The boat was stopped and every effort was made to rescue the unfortunate man but without avail.

September 4 - While en route from Owensboro, Kentucky, to Louisville, Kentucky the steamer Gold Dust caught fire from some unknown cause while lying at the wharf at Hardin's Landing, Kentucky, and was totally destroyed. No lives lost. Value of steamer, $25,000. Cargo, $5,000.

October 20 -  Near Stephensport, Kentucky, James Smith, colored, deck hand on steamer John W. Thomas, fell overboard and drowned.

October 28 - While ferry steamer W. C. Hite was landing at her dock at Jeffersonville, Indiana, Edward Spaninger, a passenger, climbed upon the lower deck railing and in attempting to jump to the dock before the steamer had landed, his foot caught in the guard rail, causing him to fall between the vessel and dock, crushing him to death.

December 7 - A collision occurred between steamer City of Cincinnati and gasoline boat White Dove, near Begg's Landing, Ohio River, damaging White Dove to the amount of $500. Cause of accident is being investigated.

 

VIOLATIONS OF LAW AND INVESTIGATIONS - SIXTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - 1901

January 7 - George Dickenson, chief engineer, violated section 4446, Revised Statutes, for taking charge on steamer Golden Gate without having his license aboard. January 8, 1901, his case was reported to the United States district attorney for such action as he deemed proper.

January 8 - Charges were preferred against Oscar Chandler, assistant engineer, for intemperance. Case was investigated, the accused plead guilty, and his license was suspended sixty days.

May 7 - Charges were preferred against Nathan Parker Pryor, master and pilot, charging him with violating Rule II. Rules for the Government of Pilots. Case was investigated, May 10, 1901, and said Pryor was exonerated.

June 25 - Gasoline boat R. Nash was reported to the surveyor of customs and to the United States district attorney for violation of sections 4426 and 4438, Revised Statutes, for navigating without a licensed engineer.

June 25 - Reported to the surveyor of customs and United States district attorney, Richard Moore, for violation of section 4438, Revised Statutes, for serving in the capacity of engineer without proper license.
 

CASUALTIES - SIXTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF EVANSVILLE, INDIANA - 1901

January 29 - While navigating the Wabash River, near Vincennes, Indiana, steamer Vincennes struck a hidden obstruction and sunk. No lives lost. Damage to steamer, $300. Steamer was raised and repaired.

February 6 - While descending the Ohio River near Evansville, Indiana, steamer Tornado broke her shaft. No lives lost. Estimated damage, $500.

February 8 - While descending the Ohio River near Caseyville, Kentucky, steamer Condor broke her shaft. No lives lost. Damage to steamer, $350.

March 4 - While steamer John K. Speed was coaling at Evansville, Indiana, Dan Morton, colored, fell overboard and drowned before assistance could reach him.

March 10 - While steamer Jewel was lying at Henderson, Kentucky, Oscar Sugg, colored porter, fell from the boiler-deck guard and drowned.

March 28 - While en route from Evansville, Indiana, up Green River, steamer Peter Hontz broke her water-wheel shaft, damaging property $250.

May 11 - Steamer I. N. Hook, while descending Green River, near Rochester, Kentucky, broke a wrist pin and knocked out both cylinder heads, damaging steamer $50.

May 12 - Steamer Old Reliable broke her water-wheel shaft while descending Green River, near Race Creek, Kentucky. Damage to steamer, $150.

May 14 -  At 11:30 p.m.. steamer Owensboro, while lying at Calhoun, Kentucky, caught fire and burned to the water's edge and sunk. John Brinkman and Benjamin Crenshaw, deck hands, were lost. Boat total loss. Property valued at $3,000.

July 20 - Steamer Peter Hontz, while en route from Evansville, Indiana, up Green River, struck a hidden obstruction near Rumsey, Kentucky, and sunk. No lives lost. Boat raised and repaired at a cost of $2,000.

August 19 - While en route from Elizabethtown, Illinois, to Paducah, Kentucky, steamer City of Golconda was caught in a severe windstorm and capsized at a point near Cottonwood Bar, resulting in the loss of 15 lives, 11 passengers and 4 colored deck crew. Damage to steamer, $2,500. Cause investigated and officers exonerated from blame.

December 25 - At 2 a.m., while steamer T. C. Woodard was lying at the bank at Spottsville, Kentucky, fire was discovered in the pilot house, and boat burned to the water's edge. No lives lost. Damage to property, $800.


VIOLATIONS OF LAW AND INVESTIGATIONS - SIXTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF EVANSVILLE, INDIANA - 1901

January 28 - W. F. Anderson, mate of steamer Crescent City, violated section 4440, Revised Statutes, for intoxication while on duty. Case was investigated and license was suspended for thirty days.

April 2 - Charges filed against Josiah S. Moore, Jr., chief engineer, for intemperance, in violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes. Accused plead guilty and, submitting his case, his license was suspended for sixty days.

May 27 - Alonzo W. Hindman, assistant engineer, violated section 4441, Revised Statutes, by intemperance. Accused plead guilty and submitted his case. His license was suspended for ninety days.

June 1 - Charges of intemperance were filed against William T. Baucom, chief engineer, for violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes. Accused plead guilty and his license was revoked.

June 16 - Complaint filed against William Briscoe, first-class pilot, for intemperance, in violation of section 4442, Revised Statutes. Accused plead guilty and his license was suspended for ninety days.

July 2 - Charges of intemperance were filed against George Ray, assistant engineer, for violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes. Case was investigated and his license was suspended for sixty days.

November 24 - Complaint was filed against John P. Zoll for intemperance while acting under authority of his license as chief engineer, in violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes. Case was investigated and his license was suspended for sixty days.

December 20 - William H. Fisher, chief engineer, violated section 4441. Revised Statutes. Case was investigated and his license was suspended for sixty days.

December 20 - Charges were filed against George J. Jake for negligence, in violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes. Accused plead guilty, submitting his case, and his license was suspended for thirty days.
 

CASUALTIES - SIXTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - 1901

January 21 - Green Terry, colored deck hand on steamer City of Paducah, dropped a towel and plate between the cylinder timbers, and in attempting to recover the articles was caught under the pitman in its backward stroke, crushed to death, and body carried overboard.

March 30 - James Pannell, deck hand on steamer Joe Wheeler, fell overboard at Gann's Bluff, on the Tennessee River, and drowned.

April 17 - During a violent windstorm steamer City of Charleston was blown from her mooring at Bridgeport, Alabama, and sunk. No lives lost. Steamer valued at $4,400.

April 19 - During a violent windstorm steamer Will J. Cummins was blown against the shore at Beech Creek Island, struck a hidden obstruction, and sunk. No lives lost. Steamer valued at $18,000.

August 21 - Douglas Hughes, colored deck hand on steamer Sycamore, fell over board and drowned at Ashland City, Tennessee.

December 13 - Steamer R. A. Speed while lying at the bank at Paducah, Kentucky, was totally destroyed by fire. No lives lost. Steamer valued at $6,000.

 

VIOLATIONS OF LAW AND INVESTIGATIONS - SIXTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - 1900

November 19 - Charges were preferred against James F. Womble for violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes, Investigation was set for February 27, 1901, but on that day the accused plead guilty and his license as chief engineer was suspended for sixty days for intemperance.

November 30 - Alleged violation of section 12, Rule V, Rules and Regulations, by Ervin Whitaker, in obtaining original license as first-class pilot by fraudulent misrepresentation. Case was investigated May 17, 1901, and charge not sustained.

LOCAL DISTRICT OF NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - 1901

January 5 - Reported G. W. Kellen to United States district attorney and surveyor of customs for drifting rivet holes in a new sheet for boiler on steamer Oliver King, in violation of section 4429, Revised Statutes.

February 20 - Charges were preferred against Robert H. Suddeth, for violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes. Accused plead guilty and his license as chief engineer was suspended sixty days for intemperance.

February 20 - Charges were preferred against David Mantz, for violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes. Accused plead guilty and his license as chief engineer was suspended for sixty days for intemperance.

March 7 - Charges were preferred against Sargeant Moss for violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes. Case was investigated, charges sustained, and his license as assistant engineer suspended for thirty days for intemperance.

May 20 -Henry C. Stroud, chief engineer, violated section 4441, Revised Statutes, by negligence. Case was investigated May 29, 1901, and license suspended sixty days.

June 1 - Reported steamer Avalon to United States district attorney and surveyor of customs for navigating without a full complement of officers, in violation of section 4463, Revised Statutes.

July 31 - Charges were preferred against John Koonts for violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes. Case was investigated September 20, 1901, charges sustained, and his license as assistant engineer revoked for intemperance.

July 31 - Marshal L. Womble, assistant engineer, violated section 4441, Revised Statutes. Accused plead guilty and his license was suspended for thirty days for intemperance.

August 27 - Charges were preferred against Charles A. Wasserziehr for violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes. The accused plead guilty and his license as chief engineer was suspended for thirty days for intemperance.

September 23 - Reported steamer Henry Harley to United States district attorney and surveyor of customs for running under an expired certificate, in violation of section 4417, Revised Statutes.

October 5 - Sargeant Moss, assistant engineer, violated section 4441, Revised Statutes, by intemperance. Case was investigated and his license was suspended six months.

November 5 - Charges were preferred against W. T. Day for violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes. The accused plead guilty and his license as chief engineer was suspended ten days for inattention to duties.

 

CASUALTIES - SIXTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - 1900

July 18, 1900 - When descending Cache River, steamer Gladys Maberry struck a hidden obstruction and sunk. Estimated loss to steamer, $2,000. No lives lost. Owner, expecting to raise the steamer, did not report said casualty until March 18, 1901.

LOCAL DISTRICT OF MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - 1901

January 13, 1901 - While steamer City of Idaho was lying at the mouth of Old River, 20 miles above Memphis, Tennessee, Jonn Stevenson, a colored deck hand, fell overboard and drowned.

January 15 - Oliver Adams, deck hand, is supposed to have fallen overboard and drowned from steamer J. N. Harbin while en route from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to Memphis, Tennessee.

January 28 - While en route from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Cincinnati, Ohio, when near Barfield Point,  Arkansas, steamer Buckeye State took fire and burned. Boat, valued at $30,000, is a total loss. John Evans, colored deck hand, drowned. Estimated value of cargo, $75,000; loss, $50,000.

January 30 - Between 3 and 4 a.m. steamer Lucille Nowland collided near Montezuma Towhead, Mississippi River, with steamer Julia, causing damage to former $300 and latter $200. No damage to cargo. No lives lost.

April 5 - While en route from Memphis, Tennessee, to Island No. 34, Mississippi River, steamer Eillen was capsized by a gale of wind and sunk near Owens Bar. No lives lost. Damage estimated at $1,000.

April 9 - While steamer Ozark Queen, was descending White River, Isaac Speers, colored deck hand, fell overboard and drowned.

May 25 - Steamer Louise, while ascending Black River, when near Poplar Bluff, Missouri, was struck by a falling tree and sunk. Steamer valued at $2,000. Damage estimated $1,500. No lives lost.

June 11 - While descending Arkansas River, en route from Dardanelle, Arkansas, to St. Charles, Missouri, steamer J. P. Gage struck a log and sunk. Value of steamer, $2,500. Damage, $300. No lives lost.

June 12 - Steamer Harry Waltz, while en route from Newport, Arkansas, to Lockharts Landing, Arkansas, struck a snag and sunk. No lives lost. Boat valued at $6,000. Damage, $2.000. Boat has been raised and repaired.

July 5 - Steamer Orlando, en route from Memphis, Tennessee, to Newport, Arkansas, when 2 miles above Peach Orchard Bluff, on White River, struck a hidden obstruction and sunk. No lives lost. Steamer valued $9,000. Total loss.

July 16 - Steamer J. C. Atlee, en route from Grays Bayou, Arkansas, to Memphis, Tennessee, when at the mouth of Nonconnah Creek, 4 miles below Memphis, Tennessee, broke her main shaft and was towed to port. No lives lost. Damage, $250.

July 24 - While en route from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Cairo, Illinois, steamer Joseph B. Williams burst an exhaust pipe and scalded to death assistant engineer James S. Beeler. Damage to vessel, $500.

August 21 - William Borg, white deck hand, fell overboard and drowned from steamer Harry Brown while en route from New Orleans, Louisiana.

September 15 - While steamer Rees Lee was en route from St. Louis, Missouri, to Memphis, Tennessee, A. C. Sellers, a passenger, fell overboard and drowned.

September 20 - While en route from Spitler's Landing, Louisiana, to Cincinnati, Ohio, steamer Hallette struck a hidden obstruction and sunk. No lives lost. Value of steamer, $7,500; cargo, $5,000. Damage to cargo, $2,800. Damage to steamer, $2,500.

October 6 - Steamer Kate Adams, en route from Arkansas City, Arkansas, to Memphis, Tennessee, when about 20 miles below Memphis, broke starboard piston head and other parts of her machinery and was towed to port. No lives lost. Damage estimated, $250.

October 15 - While steamer Lucille Nowland was en route from Vicksburg, Mississippi, to Memphis, Tennessee, Walter Houston, colored deck hand, fell overboard and drowned.

November 19 - While en route from Cairo, Illinois, to Harrison's Landing, Arkansas, steamer Fred Hartweg struck a snag in the Mississippi River and sunk. No lives lost. Boat valued at $20,000. Estimated loss, $5,000.

November 22 - While en route from Cairo, Illinois, to assist sunken steamer Fred Hartweg, steamer Fritz struck a hidden obstruction and sunk. Steamer valued at $10,000. Damage, $500. Boat has been raised and repaired. No lives lost.

November 24 - While steamer Robert E. Lee was lying at wharf, Memphis, Tennessee, William Jackson, colored firemen, fell overboard and drowned before he could be rescued.

November 27 - At 4 a.m. steamer C. H. Hugo, while lying at the wharf. Memphis, Tennessee, took fire from some unknown cause and burned her cabin. No lives lost. Boat valued at $2,500. Cargo valued at $75. Damage to boat, $1,000. Damage to cargo, $25.

November 27 - Steamer John K. Speed, en route from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Cincinnati, Ohio, when near the head of Presidents Island, 3 miles below Memphis, Tennessee, struck a hidden obstruction and sunk. Estimated loss to steamer, $2,000. Cargo, $1,000. No lives lost.

December 25 - At 5 a.m. steamer Sun, while lying at the wharf, Memphis, Tennessee, took fire and burned, resulting in the death of four passengers, viz.: Mrs.  Toms and child, and Mr. and Mrs. Raynor. Loss to boat, $7,000. Value of boat, $10,000. Value of cargo, $4,000. Loss to cargo, $2,500.


VIOLATIONS OF LAW AND INVESTIGATIONS - SIXTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - 1901

January 31 - Steamers Lucille Nowland and Julia came in collision with each other at Montezuma Towhead, on Mississippi River. Case was investigated and the result of said investigation was, pilot rules for western rivers, Nos. I and II, had been violated by James Bowlin. pilot of steamer Lucille Nowland, and Thomas A. Foster, pilot of steamer Julia, for which their licenses as master and pilot were suspended twenty days.

April 19 - James Brown, pilot of steamer Joy Patton, was charged with intemperance. Case was investigated, charge sustained, and his license as second-class pilot and assistant engineer was suspended one hundred and sixty-five days, under provision of sections 4441 and 4442. Revised Statutes.

May 14 - -Steamer J. M. Agnew was charged with navigating as a ferryboat without a licensed engineer. Case was investigated and reported to the United States district attorney for prosecution.

May 20 - Steamer Gypsy was found navigating in the vicinity of Luxora, Arkansas, without a licensed pilot. The violation was reported May 22. 1901, to the United States district attorney at Little Rock, Arkansas.


CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS - SEVENTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF CINCINNATI, OHIO - 1901

January 22 - Steamer Florence Marmet, ascending the Ohio River with an empty tow, while opposite Manchester, Ohio, broke piston rod, knocking out cylinder head on starboard engine. Cost of repairs, $200. No lives lost or persons injured.

March 14 - Steamer F. A. Goebel, ascending the Ohio River near Cincinnati, Ohio, collapsed top port flue, caused by low water in boiler. No lives lost or persons injured. License of chief engineer, Nathan Farmer, was suspended for thirty days.

May 28 - Ben B. Campbell, chief engineer, was charged with intemperance. Investigated, charge proven, and license suspended thirty days,

July 4 - Harry W. Doss, pilot, was charged with violation of section 9, Rule V, of rules and regulations of Board of Supervising Inspectors. Charge was investigated and dismissed.

July 5 - Steamer Charles Brown, while repairing boilers at the foot of Lawrence street, Cincinnati, Ohio, caught fire, burning the pilot house, forward cabin, and part of roof. Cost of repairs, $2,500. No lives lost or persons injured.

July 21 - Newton Schoonover, a deck hand on steamer Lizzie Bay, while near Maysville, Kentucky, Ohio River, jumped or fell overboard and drowned. Lifeboat was lowered and every effort made to save him.

August 8 - Steamer John C. Fisher, ascending the Ohio River near Cincinnati, Ohio, about 10 p.m., ran over a skiff, drowning the two occupants, Harrold L. Cohn and William Foley. Steamer was stopped and floated for ten or fifteen minutes, but could not see or hear anything of the occupants of the skiff.

August 10 - The towing steamer Al. Martin, George H. Montgomery, master, carried a number of persons or passengers, an excursion party, from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Augusta, Kentucky, and return. Violation admitted. License suspended for a period of thirty days. Case reported to surveyor of customs.

September 16 - While steamer Cando was making a landing at Moscow, Ohio, one of her deck hands known as "Kentucky Jim" fell overboard and drowned before assistance could reach him.

September 16 - Steamer M. P. Wells, John E. Edgington, master, made the round trip from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Chilo, Ohio, without a licensed engineer. Violation admitted. License of John E. Edgington, master, was suspended for thirty days. Case reported to surveyor of customs.

November 4 - Steamer Henry M. Stanley, laid up for the night at Cincinnati wharf, caught fire in the pilot house, totally destroying same. Cost of repairs, about $5,000. No lives lost or persons injured.

November 21 - Steamer Courier, descending the Ohio River near Wellsburg, Kentucky, broke wrist, ran through port engine, breaking after cylinder head. Cost of repairs, $150. No lives lost or persons injured.

November 22 - Steamer Douglass Hall, ascending the Ohio River with empty tow near Levanna, Ohio, broke her water-wheel shaft. Cost of repairs about $1,000. No lives lost or persons injured.


CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS - SEVENTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF GALLIPOLIS, OHIO - 1901

January 1 - Steamer Speedwell had boilers burned and a rent in side of one, both being ruined, on account of low water. Investigated and revoked the license of Chief Engineer C. A. Price.

April 24 - Steamer Keystone State was fired on while landing during a flood at Parkersburg, West Virginia, and her carpenter, William T. Terry, was killed. A Mr. Cole was arrested, tried, and convicted of the shooting, and sent to prison for life.

May 18 - Steamer R. K. Wells, while laid up at Charleston, West Virginia, sprang a leak, sunk, burned to the water's edge, then went adrift. A total loss, $12,000.

May 22 - Ferry steamer Bonne, at Catlettsburg, Kentucky, had everything burned off above main deck while tied up to her float for the night. Loss, $1,000.

May 28 - James B. Wright, master and pilot, had license suspended for thirty days for intemperance.

May 29 - Steamer Acorn, descending with tow of coal, was caught out in fog, collided with bridge pier at Kenoya, West Virginia, and sunk 8 boats. Loss, $15,000.

July 7 - Hiram Rice, chief engineer, ruined boiler of steamer Venus by trying to raise steam without water in it, for which his license was revoked.

August 5 - W. C. Turner, a deck hand on steamer T. D. Dale, was taking cargo at Charleston, West Virginia, when he fell overboard and drowned.

September 20 - Albert Underwood, a deck hand on steamer Baxter, was taking coal at Pomeroy, Ohio, when he jumped from steamer to flat, missed footing, head struck, and he fell into the river and drowned.

September 22 - Baylor Spratt, chief engineer steamer Sunshine, was caught with safety valves loaded. Suspended his license for thirty days, and reported him to district attorney. Plead guilty, and was fined $200 and costs.

October 10 - Steamer J. B. Lewis had cabin and pilot house burned off while laid up at Charleston, West Virginia. Damage, $2,500.

October 22 - William Lee, watchman on steamer Courier, fell off of bow of barge that was in tow, when near Cheshire, Ohio, and drowned.

December 19 - Steamer Charlie Stone, tied to ferry float at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, sprang a leak, broke loose, capsized, and was landed 2 miles below. Loss, $5,000.

December 19 - Steamer Kanawha Belle, descending the Great Kanawha River, ran head on over dam No. 3, and sunk in 20 feet of water. Eight deck hands who were in the deck room were drowned but balance of crew and four passengers escaped to hurricane deck, and were taken off by steamer Culvert, which was just entering the look. One of the passengers died on the Culvert a few hours after his rescue, probably from the fright. Steamer valued at $10.000 and the cargo at $1,300. Probably a total loss.

December 15 - Andrew White, chief engineer, went on a Christmas spree, for which his license was suspended for thirty days.


CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS - NINTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF CLEVELAND, OHIO - 1901

July 1 - James Kerr, watchman on steamer E. B. Bartlett, of Duluth, Minnesota, 1,399 gross tons, was accidentally killed by a falling topmast on said steamer while unloading in Cleveland Harbor.

July 8 - George Nash, a fisherman on fishing steamer Effie B, accidentally fell from said steamer into Lake Erie about 5 miles from Whitney, Canada. Every effort was made to save him, but without avail.

July 11 - Tug T. C. Lutz, 136 gross tons, while passing down the Cuyahoga River with steamer City of Cleveland in tow, and when near her dock, a small gasoline launch which was lying at the dock, without any warning, suddenly moved out across the bow of the tug, colliding with same. The launch was upset, and Charles Neubauer, one of the two occupants of the launch, was drowned.

October 14 - A passenger jumped from the steamer City of Cleveland, when about off Fairport, Ohio, and drowned. Said passenger left a note, which was afterwards found on deck, in which the act was referred to as suicide.


CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS - NINTH DISTRICT
Local District OF TOLEDO, OHIO - 1901

May 19 - Steamer Silvanus J. Macy, of Detroit, Michigan, grounded on shoal off Point Au Pelee, Lake Erie, and while working out into deep water came in collision with the Canadian steamer Cuba, damaging the stem of the Macy. Said Macy was later taken off by the wrecker Wales and towed to Amherstburg, where she was unloaded. No person injured. Damage to Macy, estimated, $2,000.

June 8 - Steamer Russell Sage, while leaving Toledo Harbor, blew off the top of her high-pressure cylinder. Damage, estimated, $700. No person injured.

July 26 - Tug Jos Goldsmith, while lying alongside of dump scow at crib light, Maumee Bay, was struck by a squall and sunk. Loss, $10,000. No person injured.

July 28 - Steamer A. Wehrle, Jr., when between her landing and Cedar Point on Sandusky Bay, a passenger, presumably asleep, while sitting on the rail, fell overboard and was drowned.

December 7 - While the steamer Henry W. Oliver was bound for Buffalo, and when off Pelee Island, Lake Erie, the oiler, T. F. Pinkerton, was found dead in the crank pit, having fallen against the moving machinery. No one saw the accident. The body was brought to Buffalo.

December 13 - Steamer Sheboygan, while lying at her dock at Toledo, Ohio, caught fire, cause unknown, and was damaged to the amount of $700.


CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS - SEVENTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - 1901

January 21 - Steamers Valley Gem and Vannetta came in collision with each other at Gaysport, Ohio, drawbridge, Muskingum River, with damage to the former of about $100. Case was investigated, and the result of said investigation was that Newton Price and William W. Richardson, pilots of both steamers, were found guilty of inattention to their duties, for which the license of each as master and pilot of steam vessels was suspended for a period of thirty days.

January 22 - Fred Wheeler, colored, a deck hand on steamer Queen City, fell off the wharf boat at Wheeling, West Virginia, while letting line go and was drowned. Body not recovered.

March 7 - William W. Richardson, master and pilot, was suspended for thirty days for inattention to duties, sections 4439 and 4442, Revised Statutes.

March 7 - Newton Price, master and pilot, was suspended for thirty days for inattention to duties.

March 20 - William L. Whitney, chief engineer, was charged with intemperance. Case investigated. License suspended thirty days.

April 6 - Steamer Buckeye was navigated short of engineer required by certificate of inspection. License of Christian Wolf, master, was suspended for thirty days.

July 1 - While steamer T. M. Bayne was lying at Wheeling, West Virginia, wharf Mrs. William Davidson, a passenger, jumped overboard and drowned before she could be rescued.

July 27 - Elbert Cline, master and pilot, was charged with intemperance. Case proven. License revoked.

August 12 - Condemned the boiler of steamer Jennie George from further use. Case appealed to supervising inspector and the finding of the local inspectors was sustained.

August 25 - While the ferry steamer Ella B. was crossing the Ohio River between Toronto, Ohio, and Zalia, West Virginia, on her regular route, a rowboat containing two men and one boy was rowed into the stern of said steamer, throwing all occupants into river, drowning the boy, Ray Moore. No blame on the part of the officers of steamer.


CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS - EIGHTH DIVISION
LOCAL DISTRICT OF DETROIT, MICHIGAN - 1901

January 25 - Investigated the foundering of the tug Marian Teller in Lake St. Clair, on June 29, 1900. Decision rendered was that the tug was properly equipped with required life-saving appliances, and that if the siphon, which became clogged up and would not work, had worked all right the tug would not have foundered.

March 2 - Investigated the collision between the steamer E. P. Wilbur and barge Martha, in tow of the steamer Mariposa, in Lake St. Clair Cut, October 26, 1900, the barge Martha sinking as a result of the collision. Decision rendered was that there was no violation of the rules on the part of any of the masters concerned, and the case was dismissed.

April 13 - The steam yacht Palos was entirely destroyed by fire at Detroit, Michigan. Loss, $6,000.

May 4 - Upon inspecting the steamer City of Berlin, it was found that said steamer had been navigated since April 5, 1901, without inspection, and the violation was reported to the proper authorities.

May 8 - The steamer Philip Minch had a slight collision with the tow barge Manila in tow of the steamer Robert Fulton, about 2,000 feet below the St. Clair Flats Canal, in Lake St. Clair. No damage.

May 22 - The steamer Northeastern stranded on Ballard's Reef, Detroit River, causing the vessel to leak. The steamer proceeded to Buffalo and had two new plates put in and the bottom repaired.

May 28 - At 9:55 p.m. the steamer S. C. Reynolds, bound down in the Grosse Pointe Cut, Lake St. Clair, collided with the steamer James Fisk, Jr., bound up. Damage to the Reynolds estimated at $800, and to the Fisk, $8,000.

June 8 - The steamer Merida and steamer John Plankinton collided near Bar Point. Amount of damages not stated.

June 12 - The steamer H. C. Frick stranded at Ballard's Reef, Detroit River, while drawing 18 feet of water. Damage estimated at $20,000.

August 11 - When abreast of Amherstburg, Detroit River, the steamer Saturn struck a loose rock or bowlder on the west side of the dredged channel, causing the vessel to fill and settle on the bottom. After lightering about 200 tons of cargo the steamer was released and proceeded to point of destination.

August 12 - While abreast of Bar Point light-ship, someone reported a man overboard from the passenger steamer Idlewild. A lifeboat was immediately lowered and search for half an hour was made, but they were unable to find the man.

September 7 - The steamers Lehigh and Wawatam had a slight collision near Belle Isle, Detroit River, about 6:20 a.m. The atmosphere was very smoky at the time.

October 12 - At the lower entrance of Grosse Pointe Cut, Lake St. Clair, the barge Magna, in tow of the steamer Bunsen, struck the steamer Boston a glancing blow on the port side forward, doing damage amounting to about $1,000.

October 19 - The steamer John J. Albright, bound up light, collided with and sunk the tug S. J. Christian, bound down with the schooner Senator in tow. The master, fireman, and cook of the tug were drowned. Tug a total loss. Estimated valuation, $8,000.

October 20 - The steamer City of Cleveland, when backing away from position where she had anchored on account of the fog, opposite Ballard's Reef, Detroit River, struck a bowlder amidships and sunk in 12 feet of water. No lives were lost. The passengers were taken to Detroit by the steamer News Boy.

October 24 - About 8 p.m. the steamer Vega, while proceeding up the Detroit River, stranded on Ballard's Reef, doing about $1,000 damage to the hull of the steamer.

November 1 - While the steamer Northeastern was lying at Smith's coal dock, River Rouse, Michigan, a stay tube burst, Mike Donovan, a fireman, being scalded so badly that he had to be taken to the hospital.

December 27 - Investigated the collision between the steamers John J. Albright and Samuel J. Christian, which occurred in the Detroit River October 19, 1901. The master of the tug, who was in command at the time of the collision, was drowned. It was decided that the collision was not caused by any inattention to duty or violation of the rules on the part of the master of the steamer Albright, and the case was accordingly dismissed.


CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS - EIGHTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF GRAND HAVEN, MICHIGAN - 1901

January 19 - The steamer City of Louisville, while lying at her dock at Benton Harbor, Michigan, was partially destroyed by fire. The watchman of the steamer was burned to death. Damage to steamer, $39,000.

January 25 - The steamer Colin Campbell was partially destroyed by fire at Cheboygan, Michigan. Estimated damage, $10,000.

April 13 to 20 - Steamer George Dunbar was charged with running on an expired certificate of inspection. The violation was reported to the collector of customs.

June 10 to 15 - The steamer Clara A. Elliott was charged with running without a licensed engineer. Investigated, and reported to the collector of customs.

July 2 - The steamer Violet was partially destroyed by fire while lying at her dock at St. Joseph, Michigan. Damage, $600.

July 25 - The steamer Chippewa, when one-half mile north of Cheyboygan dummy, struck a sunken log and lost her rudder.

August 11 - The steamer Anna, while lying at her dock at Grand Haven, Michigan, was partially destroyed by fire. Estimated damage, $250.

September 7 - The steamer Fanny M. Rose, while lying at her dock at Grand Haven, Michigan, was partially destroyed by fire. Estimated damage, $3,000.

September 14 - The steamer Gladys was charged with running without a licensed pilot from Grand Haven to Holland. Violation reported to the collector of customs.

October 18 - The steamer State of Michigan sprang a leak and sunk about 2 miles from shore, between Muskegon and White Lake. Total loss. Amount of loss, $30,000. No lives lost.

November 6 - When about 20 miles from Grand Haven, Michigan, J. H. Bissell, a passenger on the steamer Alice Stafford, jumped overboard and was drowned.

November 7 - The steamer A. B. Taylor was totally destroyed by fire while lying at her dock at Grand Haven, Michigan. Amount of loss, $7,000. No lives lost.

November 19 - The steamer H. J. Dornbos left the port of Grand Haven, Michigan, with the deputy State game warden on board as a passenger. The steamer was chartered by the game warden of Michigan to carry the deputies to stop illegal fishing. The steamer had no certificate to carry passengers. Investigated, and the violation reported to the collector of customs.

November 20 - The steamer Bob Stephenson was charged with running without a licensed pilot and a licensed engineer between Cheboygan and Bois Blanc Island. Violation reported to the collector of customs.

December 21 - While entering Ludington Harbor the steamer Pere Marquette struck bottom, breaking both steam pipes from the two after boilers, and scalding Michael Taffa and Frank Leo, coal passers, and William Webber, fireman. After the steam pipes burst the steamer sprang around the north pier and was scuttled. Estimated amount of damage, $50,000.

December 22 - The steamer Robert E. Burke, while lying at her dock at Muskegon, Michigan, was partially destroyed by fire. Estimated amount of damage, $10,000.


CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS - EIGHTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN - 1901

January 10 - Completed the investigation of the collision between the steamer F. E. Spinner and steamer H. D. Coffinberry, occurring on October 15, 1900. Suspended, for six days each, the licenses of the master of the steamer H. D. Coffinberry and of the steamer Wm. Castle Rhodes for violation of Rule VI of Pilot Rules.

May 10 - While en route from Ontonagon, Michigan, to Hancock, Michigan, the steamer Bon Voyage caught fire around the smokestack and was run ashore, and burned to the water's edge, resulting in the loss of the lives of four passengers. Damage to steamer, $25,000. The case was investigated and the license of the master of the Bon Voyage was suspended until May 11, 1902, for violation of section 15, Rule V, Rules and Regulations. Appeal was taken from this decision to the supervising inspector, eighth district, and is still pending.

May 26 - While en route from Escanaba, Michigan, to Menominee, Michigan, the steamer Fannie C. Hart caught fire in the boiler room from some unknown cause. The crew were called to quarters and the fire extinguished. Damage to steamer. $75.

June 12 - While on a stage plank cleaning side of the steamer R. J. Hackett at Marquette, Michigan, Charles Theaker, employed as a deck hand on said steamer, lost his balance, fell backward into the water, and was drowned.

June 14 - While entering the channel leading to the Canadian locks, Sault Ste. Marie, the steamer Isaac L. Elwood collided with the barge Constitution, in tow of the steamer Victory. Damage to steamer, $5,000.

June 16 - While waiting to enter the Canadian locks, Sault Ste. Marie, the steamer George C. Hadley was run into by the tow barge No. 130. Damage to steamer, $2,000.

June 28 - While towing a raft of logs from Portage Bay to Vans Harbor, Michigan, the steamer Sir Luke was caught in an easterly gale of wind and driven ashore. The steamer's boilers and machinery were subsequently taken out and the hull abandoned. Damage to steamer, $3,000.

June 29 - While en route from Manistee, Michigan, to Port Arthur, Ontario, during a heavy gale, the steamer Preston became water-logged, and was abandoned. The crew were all rescued by the Canadian steamer Athabasca, except William Eckart, wheelsman, who was crushed to death between the two vessels. The steamer Preston was subsequently towed into harbor at Port Coldwell. Damage to steamer, $5,000.

June 30 - While letting go the tow line of the barge John Smeaton from the steamer Mariska, John Gates, second mate and pilot of said steamer, accidentally stepped into the bight of the messenger that was fast to the tow line, and was drawn through the stern chock and instantly killed.

June 30 - While lying at anchor, and engaged in picking up scrap iron from, wrecks on Eagle River Reef, Lake Superior, and, as we have reason to believe, overloaded with same, the wrecking steamer Fern foundered, resulting in the loss of life of the entire crew, consisting of five persons. Amount of loss on steamer, $2,000.

June 30 - While en route from West Superior, Wisconsin, to Buffalo, New York, and when between Point aux Pins and Big Point, on St. Marys River, the steamer Avon caught fire from some unknown cause. Damage to steamer, $30,000.

July 3 - While attempting to cross the bow of the steamer Huron, a small sail boat, without lights, and with 11 persons on board, collided with said steamer, and Joseph V. Perry, owner of and sailing said boat, either jumped or fell overboard, and was drowned. Case was investigated, and found that the master of the steamer Huron was in no wise to blame for the collision or the loss of life.

July 15 - Steamer Wanena was charged with being navigated from June 1 to July 15 without a licensed engineer. Investigated. Case reported to the proper authorities. Fine mitigated to $10.

July 27 - The steamer Wm. Rudolph struck a shoal 18 miles south of Manistique, Michigan, unshipping the rudder and breaking the shoe. Damage to steamer, $150.

July 29 - While on Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, bound for Duluth, the steamer Northern Queen ran into and sunk the tow barge Sagamore, drowning E. Joiner and Ira Ives, master and steward of the Sagamore. Investigated. Decision still pending.

August 2 - John McEachern, engineer of the steamer James W. Croze, was charged with violation of section 4449. Revised Statutes of the United States. Investigated. Case dismissed.

August 12 - While the steamers Falcon and Madagascar were bound down the St. Marys River, the Falcon, being carried along by the suction of the Madagascar, sheered violently to port and collided with the barge Fryer, which was upbound. Damage to steamer Falcon, $15,000.

August 12 - Steamer Ruby was charged with being navigated from June 17 to August 10 on an expired certificate of inspection. Investigated. Case reported to the proper authorities. Still pending.

August 30 - While on a voyage from Duluth to Buffalo, on Lake Superior, lumber laden, the steamer Eliza H. Strong sprang a leak and became water-logged. The crew were taken off onto the consort Commodore. The steamer was subsequently towed to Munising Harbor and beached. Damage to steamer, $15,000.

September 7 - Steamer Menominee River was charged with being navigated without a licensed engineer on four different occasions between August 1 and August 16. Investigated. Case reported to proper authorities. Fine remitted.

September 16 - While en route from Duluth to Buffalo, and when about 8 miles off Eagle River, on Lake Superior, the steamer Hudson foundered during a heavy southwest gale, resulting in the loss of the steamer and the entire crew, which, as nearly as can be ascertained, consisted of 24 persons. Damage to steamer, $180,000. The steamer John M. Nicol passed in close proximity to the steamer Hudson while the latter was in a sinking condition, without making any attempt to rescue the officers and crew. This seeming negligence on the part of the officers of the steamer John M. Nicol was investigated and the case dismissed.

September 24 - Steamer Richard F. was charged with being navigated without the number of officers required by the certificate of inspection. Investigated. Master and pilot's license, and chief engineer's license of George W. Smith suspended for thirty days. Steamer reported to the proper authorities. Fine remitted.

September 28 - While the steamer Maruba was lying at anchor at Bete Grise Bay, Lake Superior, the weather clear, and no sea on, the watchman, Charles Pilcher, was found missing. A search was at once instituted throughout the boat, and he was at length found on bottom flooring of cargo hold unconscious. The steamer was put about for Marquette, Michigan, and the injured man taken to the hospital, where he died on September 29.

October 2 - While rescuing the crew of the sinking tow barge Michigan, in a heavy sea and northwest gale, the steamer M. M. Drake received damages by collision, which subsequently caused said steamer to founder. The crew of the M. M. Drake and tow barge Michigan were taken off the steamer M. M. Drake by the steamers Northern Wave and Crescent City, except Harry Brown, steward of the barge Michigan, who was drowned while attempting to leave the M. M. Drake. Damage to steamer M. M. Drake, $45,000.

October 30 - Steamer James W. Croze was charged with being navigated on September 17 without a licensed engineer. Investigated. Case reported to the proper authorities. Fine remitted.

 

CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS - EIGHTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF PORT HURON, MICHIGAN - 1901

January 22 - Investigated the collision between the steamer Yuma and schooner John Martin, which occurred in the St. Clair River, abreast of Fort Gratiot Light, at 7 p.m. September 21, 1900. After a careful review of all the testimony. Capt. Daniel Buie, who had charge of the steamer Yuma, was exonerated from all blame.

February 15 - Investigated the collision between the steamer Chicago and barge H. W. Sage, which occurred in the St. Clair River, near the head of Russell's Island, about 10:45 p.m. July 29, 1900. After a careful review of all the testimony, it was concluded that it was an unavoidable accident, and Capt. Henry Murphy, master of the Chicago, was exonerated.

May 8 - The steamers George Spencer and Merida collided while abreast of the Star Island House, St. Clair River, the George Spencer being damaged to the extent of $2,500. No damage reported to the Merida. No lives lost.

May 21 - The steamer Boston ran ashore at Long Point, Lake Huron, in a dense fog, sustaining damages amounting to $10,000. No lives lost.

May 24 - The steamer Baltimore foundered on Lake Huron, near Au Sable. Loss on vessel $40,000; on cargo, $3,000. Thirteen lives lost.

May 30 - The steamer Charles S. Parnell collided with the barge Whitman about 15 miles to the northward of Point aux Barquest, about 7:40 p.m., sustaining damages to the amount of $4,000. No lives lost.

June 12 - The steamers J. E. Mills and Veronica collided on Lake Huron, about 8 miles below Sand Beach, about 9:30 a.m. Damage to the J. E. Mills, $300: to the Veronica, $1,000. No lives lost.

June 16 - The steamers Vulcan and George Presley collided in the St. Clair River, opposite St. Clair. The Vulcan was damaged to the extent of $500. The amount of damage to the George Presley was not reported.

June 27 - The steamer Omar D. Conger caught fire while lying at the dock in Black River, Port Huron, Michigan, at 11:15 p.m., and was damaged to the extent of $15,000. No lives lost.

July 15 - The steamers S. C. Reynolds and Gilchrist collided in St. Clair River, abreast of Stag Island, at  12:10 p.m. Damage to the S. C. Reynolds, $2,500: to the Gilchrist, $500. No lives lost.

August 20 - Made an investigation of the charges preferred against George Waugh, first-class pilot, for allowing passengers in the pilot house on a passenger steamer under his charge. The charges being sustained, his license was suspended for thirty days.

August 21 - The steamers George Stauber and Alexander McDougall collided in St. Clair River, abreast of Fort Gratiot, resulting in the sinking of the steamer George Stauber. Loss, $2,000. No damage to the steamer Alexander McDougall. No lives lost. W. H. Kilby, in charge of the steamer Alexander McDougall when she collided with and sunk the steamer George Stauber, was reported to the proper authorities for not standing by and rendering assistance to the crew and passengers of the steamer George Stauber. Nathan Wood was reported to the proper authorities for acting as pilot in charge of the steamer George Stauber without a license, in violation of section 4438. Revised Statutes.

August 26 - The steamers Mary C. Elphicke and General Orlando M. Poe collided in St. Clair River, abreast of the elevator at Sarnia. Damage to the Mary C. Elphicke, $7,000; to the General Orlando M. Poe, $10,000. No lives lost.

September 7 - The steamer John H. Pauly stranded 3 miles above Fort Gratiot light in a dense fog and northeast gale, sustaining damage to the amount of $1,000. Damage to cargo, $750. No lives lost.

October 20 - The steamer T. S. Faxton caught fire while lying at the dock at Marine City, Michigan, at 11 p.m., and was damaged to the extent of $8,500. No lives lost.

October 28 - The steamers Zillah and Seneca collided in the St. Clair River Canal at 9:35 p.m. The Zillah was damaged to the extent of $3,000. The amount of damage to the Seneca was not reported.

November 1 - Made an investigation of the charges preferred against Don Price, chief engineer, for being intoxicated while on duty. The charges having been sustained, his license was suspended for ninety days.

November 2 - The steamer Cumberland caught fire while bound up St. Clair River at 4:15 p.m., and was damaged to the extent of $100. No lives lost.

November 5 - Started the investigation of charges preferred against Frank Miller, chief engineer, for being intoxicated while on duty. Case still pending.

November 5 - The steamers Fred Pabst and James Watt collided in a fog at the foot of Lake Huron and were damaged to the extend of $2,000 each. No lives lost.

November 11 - The steamer D. F. Rose stranded on Scarecrow Island, Lake Huron, in a dense fog at 4:35 p.m., and released herself without damage.

November 13 - The steamer Emerald caught fire while lying at the dock at Alpena, Michigan, at 11 p.m., and was damaged to the extent of $2,500. No lives lost.

December 4 - The steamer Business, while bound down Lake Huron, and when abreast of Black River, broke her connecting rod and sustained damages to the extent of $500.


CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS - EIGHTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - 1901

February 3 - About 6:15 p.m., while lying at her dock in the Chicago River, the freight steamer Imperial caught fire from some unknown cause, doing damage to said steamer to the amount of $4,500.

March 19 - Francis P. Heffernan. first assistant engineer of condensing lake and sound steamers of 1,610 gross tons, made false path in his statement on Form 2124. Reported the case to the United States district attorney for prosecution on March 29, 1901.

March 26 - About 6 p.m., while lying at the Y. & L. Fueling Dock. Light-House Slip, Chicago River, the steamer A. B. Ward caught fire from unknown cause forward, doing damage to said steamer to the amount of $1,000.

April 24 - At 4:15 a.m. a fire was discovered in the bunkers of the steamer John Plankinton while said steamer was lying at the Galena elevator, Chicago River, doing damage to above-named steamer to the amount of $5,000. Cause of fire unknown.

May 19 - While lying at her dock at South Chicago, Illinois, with banked fires, through the carelessness of Walter Hutchinson, assistant engineer on freight steamer Maricopa, the water was blown off the middle boiler on said steamer and the furnaces of same ruined. Amount of damage, $3,000. Case was investigated, and revoked the license of Walter Hutchinson, assistant engineer.

July 7 - The steamer Robert E. Burke took an excursion party from Waukegan to South Chicago, Illinois, without the necessary authority, violating section 4465, Revised Statutes. Case was reported to the United States district attorney of this district, also to the collector of customs, after investigation, and suspended the license of the master of said steamer, Simon A. Lamoreaux, second-class pilot, for a period of thirty days.

July 15 - Investigated the charges preferred against the steamer State of Michigan, by one Henry P. Bulletin, as to her unseaworthy condition, and found said charges untrue, but learned that said steamer had been navigated from Chicago, Illinois, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, on an expired certificate of inspection, and reported the case to the supervising inspector of the eighth district.

July 24 - The steamer Success, while lying at Kinzie street bridge, Chicago River, took fire from some unknown cause. Damage to said steamer, $1,000.

August 2 - About 9:45 a.m., while going out of Chicago River, abreast of Peshtigo Slip, the steamer Frank Woods came out of said slip, headed east into the lake, and collided with the steamer Petoskey, doing damage to said steamer to the amount of $25.

August 17 - While the steamer Frank Woods was lying in the Light-House Slip, Chicago River, she was struck on the port quarter by the steamer State of Michigan, damaging said steamer Frank Woods to the amount of $150.

August 21 - At 9:35 a.m. the steamer City of Milwaukee, while towing through Rush street bridge, stern first, one of the fenders on the port side fouled the protection piling, throwing the fender up and striking two boys who were on the promenade, deck leaning over the rail, injuring them severely, one of them dying from the effects.

August 30 - At 2:30 p.m. the steamer Pewaukee, while on Lake Michigan, 6 miles south of Fort Sheridan, Illinois, sprang a leak in a heavy sea and filled with water, putting out her fires. Was towed into Chicago. Damage to the steamer, $300.

September 6 - At 8:15 a.m., while making the turn into Light-House Slip, Chicago River, the steamer State of Michigan sagged over and struck a lumber pile, doing damage to said steamer to the amount of $400.

September 23 - The steamer Highland, while lying at the Marine Iron Works Dock, Chicago River, was completely destroyed by fire. Amount of damage, $4,000.

October 8 - About 3 p.m., while coming down the Chicago River, through the port draw of the Clark street bridge, the said bridge became uncontrollable and swung around, striking the cabin of the steamer Emma E. Thompson, and doing damage to said steamer to the amount of $800.

December 18 -  While steamer Oscoda was moving in Hines' Slip, Chicago River, she broke a plank in on the starboard bow, causing said steamer to sink. She was pumped out and raised without any serious damage. Amount of damage, $250.


CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS - EIGHTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - 1901

January 3 - The steamer Two Brothers lost propeller wheel when about 12 miles from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Estimated damage, $125.

January 23 - A man fell off gang plank in going ashore from steamer Ann Arbor No. 2 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and was drowned.

March 15 - The steamer Indiana struck some obstruction in heavy sea, 1 mile south of Racine Harbor. Rudder and shoe were carried away. Estimated damage, $2,200.

June 23 - A lady passenger on the steamer Virginia jumped overboard when the steamer was off South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was drowned.

July 16 - The steamer David W. Rust broke two cylinder heads at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Estimated damage, $400.

July 26 - A passenger fell overboard from the steamer Virginia and was drowned. Supposed to have fallen overboard from upper deck in his sleep.

August 2 - The steamer City of Stiles, while at Depere, Wisconsin, caught fire and was damaged to the extent of about $6,000.

September 24 - The steamer I. Watson Stephenson broke shaft and stern pipe when 15 miles ESE of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Estimated damage, $2,500.

September 25 - The steamer Atlanta stranded on NW end of Dunlap's Reef, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Estimated damage, $500.

October 2 - The steamer State of Michigan, in coming to her dock at Racine, Wisconsin, collided with the steamer Kate Williams, damaging the latter to the extent of $8,500.

October 8 - The steamer Thomas Wilson stranded on old light-house reef, Bailey's Harbor, Wisconsin. Estimated damage, $15.000.

October 20 - The steamer J. C. Lockwood stranded about 2 miles north of North Point, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Estimated damage, $8.000.

November 6 - The steamer Roumania struck bottom on Spider Island Reef. Estimated damage, $2,000.

November 9 - The steamers James Foley and Tuscarora collided in Milwaukee River. Fire tug James Foley damaged, estimated at $650.

November 11 - The steamers Susie Chipman and W. H. Meyer collided in the Milwaukee River. Tug W. H. Meyer damaged, estimated at $800.

November 16 - Fire nearly destroyed steamer Elfin Mere at Green Bay, Wisconsin. Estimated loss, $25,000.

December 3 - A man fell into the hold of steamer J. S. Fay at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and was killed.

December 13 - The steamers Atlanta and Louis Pahlow collided in the Milwaukee River. Damage to steamer Louis Pahlow estimated at $100.

December 18 - The steamer J. E. Rumbell sunk at dock in Marinette, Wisconsin. Estimated damage, $300.

December 21 - A man fell into hatch on steamer Masaba at Milwaukee. Wisconsin. and was killed.


CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS OF LAW, AND INVESTIGATIONS - TENTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - 1901

January 8 - While the steamer Sunrise was descending the Red River she struck some hidden obstruction at Caspiana plantation, Louisiana, and sunk, but has since been raised. Estimated damage to vessel, $2,000.

January 10 - While the steamer Osceola was under way in Grand Lake, Louisiana, she struck some hidden obstruction off Pigeon Point and sunk, proving a total loss. Estimated damage to steamer, $7,000.

January 15 - While the steamer Electra was loading cotton seed at Pecan Point, Louisiana, on Red River, Richard Thomas, a roustabout, fell overboard and was drowned.

January 17 - While the steamship Algiers was on a voyage from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Boston, Massachusetts, she broke her high-pressure connecting rod when about nineteen hours and twenty minutes out from South Pass. Estimated damage to vessel, $1,000.

January 17 - While the steamer Valley Queen was leaving Natchez, Mississippi, and when about midstream fire was discovered among the cotton on board. Estimated damage to vessel, $2,500; to cargo, $2,500.

February 15 - While the steamer Gem was under way on Red River, with a cargo of cotton and cotton seed, she struck a snag and sunk, but has since been raised. Estimated damage to steamer, $1,500; loss on cargo, $15,000.

February 16 - While the steamer Rosa B. was lying at Farmersville, Louisiana, she took fire and was totally destroyed. Value of boat, $2,000; loss on cargo, $10,000.

March 3 - While the steamship Algiers was ascending the Mississippi River during a dense fog she came in collision with the Norwegian steamer Condor descending, whereby the Algiers was damaged to the amount of $3,500.

March 7 -  While the steamer George L. Bass was lying at Dunn's Landing, on Red River, Hardy Perkins, a deck hand, fell overboard and was drowned.

March 22 - While the steamer Josie Sively was lying at Vicksburg, Mississippi, the steamer Belle of the Bends, in making a landing, swung in against and pushed her out on the bank. The rising tide and strong wind made her a total wreck. Estimated value of steamer, $2,000.

March 24 - While the steamer St. James was descending the Mississippi River she struck some obstruction at a point about 20 miles above New Orleans and sustained damage amounting to about $400.

April 5 - While the steamer Dixie was descending the Mississippi River, Moses Chico, a roustabout, fell overboard and was drowned opposite Kenner, Louisiana

April 26 - While the steamer Resolute was descending the Mississippi River, Harris Collins, a roustabout, fell overboard at Worthington Point and was drowned.

May 21 - While the steamer Maud Wilmot was towing a coal barge at Southport, Louisiana, on the Mississippi River, S. Butler, a coal wheeler, fell overboard and was drowned.

June 1 - While the steamer Lady Grace was proceeding up the river at this port, one of the flues in the starboard boiler collapsed. Paul O'Hara, the fireman, was blown overboard and was drowned before assistance could reach him. Loss not known.

June 10 - While the steamer Ouachita was ascending the Mississippi River, Ike Foster, a roustabout, fell overboard and was drowned opposite Carrollton, Louisiana.

June 17 - While the steamer John B. Robinson was under way on the Ouachita River, she struck the bar at D'Arbone Island and sunk. Has since been raised. Estimated damage, to vessel, $400; to cargo, $600.

June 18 - While the steamer Julia R. was lying at Six Mile Lake, near Morgan City, Louisiana, she took fire from some unknown cause and was totally destroyed. Estimated loss, $3,000.

June 30 - While the steamer Neomi was lying at Donaldsonville, Louisiana, a roust about named Angus Threall, who was sleeping on deck, fell overboard and was drowned.

July 14 - While the steamer New Camelia was under way on Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, from Milneburg to Old Landing, and when a short distance from Mandeville, Louisiana, the connecting rod broke, knocking out both cylinder heads, causing a damage of about $2,500.

July 24 - While the steamer Stella was lying at Columbia, Louisiana, on the Ouachita River, she took fire from some unknown cause and was totally destroyed. Estimated loss, $7,000.

July 25 - While the steamer Edna was under way on Bayou Lafourche, she struck a snag near Lockport, Louisiana, and sunk. Estimated loss, $700.

August 4 - While the steamer W. T. Scovell was under way on the Mississippi River, near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Robert Myers, a roustabout, fell overboard and was drowned.

August 14 - While the steamer Maunsell White was laid up in the boathouse at Quarantine Station, Louisiana, she was wrecked during the storm which occurred on the 14th of August. Estimated loss, $1,000.

August 14 - The tug Biloxi, while under way on the Mississippi River, foundered near the Quarantine Station, on August 14, 1901. Blaine Davidson and Peter Yes, two of the crew, were drowned. Loss estimated at about $4,000.

August 15 - While the steamer Neptune was moored to her wharf at Milneburg, Louisiana, she foundered during a heavy gale. Vessel has since been floated. Estimated damage, $10,000.

August 20 - While the steamer Mabel Comeaux was under way on the Mississippi River, Will Lee, a roustabout, fell overboard and was drowned.

August 21 - While the steamer Valley Queen was about to make a landing at Cracraft's Landing, Arkansas, she struck some hidden obstruction and filled, but was saved from sinking. Damage estimated at $2,000.

August 25 - James Netter, cook on the steamer Ouachita, while sawing wood, made a misstep and fell overboard with the saw in his hand and was drowned.

August 26 - While the steamer Ouachita was under way on the Mississippi River, Bat Nash, a deck hand, fell overboard and was drowned.

September 7 - While the steamer W. G. Wilmot was transferring muleteers to the steamship Monmouth, one, named James Keer, slipped off the ladder attached to the ship and fell into the river and was drowned.

September 9 - While the steamer Red River was putting off freight at Lookout Landing, Louisiana, James Wilkins, a roustabout, fell overboard and was drowned.

October 4 - While the steamer Elmer E. Wood was lying at the foot of Sixth street, the leg of the port furnace gave way, resulting in a rapid discharge of steam. The engineer, W. E. White, and Andrew Brown, the cook, were fatally scalded. Damage estimated at $2,500.

October 14 - While the steamer Chas. Chamberlin was on her way from Port Eads, Louisiana, to Port Arthur, Texas, with two barges in tow and the steamer Carrie Currens in tow, she encountered a heavy gale and the steamer Carrie Currens foundered. Estimated loss, $2,000.

October 17 - While the steamer Alma was lying at a point called Normand's Landing, on Red River, taking cotton from a barge alongside. Mose Williams, a roustabout, fell between the barge and the steamer into the river and was drowned.

November 13 - While the steamer Gem was landing at Monclos Landing, 50 miles from Alexandria, the porter of the steamer was carrying a child ashore when a squall of wind blew the boat from the bank. The stage with the porter and child fell into the river and the child, named Dow Cross, was drowned.

November 14 - While the steamer W. T. Scovell was being hove over Berlin's Bar, on Red River, the hook of a snatch block broke, causing the rope to strike Harry Smith, a roustabout, breaking both legs, amputation being necessary. The man died under the operation.

December 2 - While the steamer Imperial was taking on coal at Bayou Sara, Louisiana, a roustabout named Burt lost his footing and fell overboard and was drowned.

December 4 - While the steamer Stoneware was proceeding up the Mississippi River, about 5:15 p.m. in the evening, towing three barges loaded with sugar cane, she was run into by an unknown steamer. One barge was sunk, and the steamer and other barges were badly damaged. Estimated loss to vessel property, $6,000; to cargo, $2,000.

December 15 - While the steamer L. F. Malini was lying at her landing at Harvey's Canal, Louisiana, she took fire from some unknown cause and was totally destroyed. Estimated loss, $4,000.

December 17 - While the steamer Lima was on her way down the Red River, when about opposite Shady Grove landing, she struck a hidden obstruction, knocking a hole in the starboard side from which she rapidly sunk, proving a total loss.

 

CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS OF LAW, AND INVESTIGATIONS - TENTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF GALVESTON, TEXAS - 1901

February 8 - Complaint against Isaac Rodriguez was reported to the collector of customs at Brownsville for violation of section 4438, Revised Statutes.

May 24 - The steamer George Hudson was reported to the United States attorney and the collector of customs at Galveston for violation of section 4438, Revised Statutes.
 

CASUALTIES, VIOLATIONS OF LAW, AND INVESTIGATIONS - TENTH DISTRICT
LOCAL DISTRICT OF MOBILE, ALABAMA - 1901

January 10 - While the steamship Esther was on a voyage from Mobile, Alabama, to British Honduras, when in latitude 16? 48' and longitude 84? 07' she grounded on Coral Heads, south of Hams Cays. Examined steamer on marine ways at Mobile, Ala., on January 21, 1901, and found no damage to bottom.

January 14 - On investigation, the license of John Davis was suspended for violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes, and case reported to the collector of customs at this port.

January 17 - On investigation, the license of Thomas S. Smith, engineer, was suspended for ten days, for violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes, and the case was reported to the collector of customs at this port.

January 23 - While the steamer Alpha was coming up Mobile Bay, she struck a sunk log and broke her propeller shaft. Loss not stated.

February 3 - While the steamer Daisy was engaged in towing stone barges for the construction of locks on the Warrior River, she became unmanageable from the strong current and wind and drifted over the dam at Lock No. 6, with the barges of stone falling on the steamer, and was completely wrecked. The engineer, J. W. Glover, was killed. Estimated loss, $10,000.

February 27 and 28 - On investigation, the license of A. D. Clemmons was suspended for ten days for violation of section 4438, Revised Statutes, and the case was reported to the collector of customs at this port.

February 27 and 28 - On investigation, the license of Capt. J. O. Lindstrom, as master, was suspended for thirty days for violation of section 4439, Revised Statutes, and the steamer Mary Wittich was reported to the collector of customs at this port for violation of section 4438, Revised Statutes, and was fined $100.

February 28 - While the steamer Dixie was lying at her wharf she took fire from some unknown cause. The house was partially burned off her. Estimated loss, $300.

March 21 - On affidavit made by Capt. B. Nodop of the steamer Loxley, the said steamer was reported to the collector of customs at this port for violation of section 4463, Revised Statutes.

March 23 - While the steamer Eva was getting underway at Moss Point, Mississippi, on opening the throttle valve to admit steam to the engine, the steam pipe pulled out of the flange, scalding the engineer, Henry E. James, and the fireman, Willie Lee. Both have since recovered.

March 27 - The steamers E. L. Russell, Echo, Mary Wittich, Nimrod, Capt. Sam, and the Jas. A. Wright were reported to the United States attorney for the southern district of Alabama, for violation of sections 4421, 4427, and 4463, Revised Statutes.

April 2 - On April 10, 1901, charges were filed in this office by Capt. S. W. Gillingham against B. Nodop, pilot of steamer F. G. Loxley, for being drunk on April 2, 1901. On May 6, 1901, we investigated the charges, and from the evidence they could not be sustained, and the case was dismissed.

April 19 - On investigation, the license of Thomas Reid was suspended for violation of section 4441, Revised Statutes.

May 23 - While the steamer Mary S. Blew was ascending the Mobile River, she struck a log and knocked a hole in her starboard bow. Part of the cargo was thrown overboard to save the steamer. Estimated damage to steamer, $500; loss to cargo, $1,000.

June 2 - While the steamer Mary was on an excursion trip at Claiborne Landing, two of the passengers (colored), Sam Tunstal and William Duke, became involved in a quarrel, and Samuel Tunstal killed William Duke.

June 20 - When the steamer Alpha was about 3 miles from the entrance of Mobile Bay, bound in from Apalachicola, Florida, the shaft broke inside the stuffing box. Damage not stated.

July 5 - On investigation, the license of Donald McKay was suspended for six months for violation of sections 4417 and 4427, Revised Statutes. The case was also reported to the collector of customs at this port, who assessed a fine of $500.

July 5 - The steamer Lady Jane was reported to the collector of customs at this port for a violation of sections 4417 and 4427, Revised Statutes.

July 10 - While the steamship Pensacola was on a voyage from Pensacola, Florida, to Tampico, Mexico, she grounded about 35 miles north of Tampico, on the Mexican coast. Part of her cargo was jettisoned to lighten her, and vessel floated with the assistance of a small tug. About seventy plates in her bottom were found to be badly buckled. Loss not stated.

July 21 - William Waldoff, engineer, was charged with violation of section 4449, Revised Statutes. On investigation, July 29 and 30, the charges were not sustained, and the case was dismissed.

August 15 - While the steamship Evelyn was on a voyage from New York to Pensacola, Florida, she went ashore on the Florida coast during a heavy gale of wind. Vessel has since been floated. Amount of damage not stated.

August 18 - While Joseph Jones was working repairing the wheel on the steamer City of Mobile he fainted and fell off of the fantail of the vessel into the river and was drowned.

December 11 - While the steamer Alice, of Basin, Mississippi, was descending the Pascagoula River, a deck hand named Antonia Hamilton fell from the bow of the steamer and was drowned.

 


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