The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 23 Nov 1883

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A Sturgeon Bay (WI) dispatch to the Chicago Times, dated November 21 says: The schooner M.L. Collips [sic] Capt. H. Oertling, from Milwaukee, began loading wood at Voight's pier, Sister Bay, on Wednesday last, and took on about 100 cords between the day and evening. At 2:30 on Thursday morning, the wind shifted to northwest, blowing heavily. The Collins hove away from the pier and anchored outside, where she withstood the storm until between 9 and 10 o'clock, p.m., when she was driven upon the shore, striking a rock bottom. She pounded so heavily that her planking was started and she soon filled to the water-line. The crew remained on her all night, escaping to the shore in the morning. Capt. Oertling went to Bailey's Harbor, from which place he telegraphed to Milwaukee for assistance, his dispatch being delayed by broken wires. Yesterday himself and crew came overland to this port, and this morning started for Milwaukee. He says the vessel is hogged (sagging in the middle), and that her bottom is probably pounded out of her. He has abandoned her to the underwriters. She is insured for $7,000 in four companies through the agencies of Hibbard & Vance and Fitzgerald & Merrill, Milwaukee, but the names of the companies are unknown to Capt. Oertling. The Collins was built in 1854 and was lengthened to (Welland) canal size (145 feet) in 1877. She is partly owned by Capt. Oertling, who also owns her cargo, which is uninsured. It is reported to-night that a tug has arrived and is trying to rescue the Collins, but it is not believed that the effort will be successful. The vessel lies about 100 feet from shore, which is very rocky. The present favorable weather may assist in getting her off.

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She was recovered in a few days and repaired at the Wolf & Davidson Shipyard, Milwaukee, over the following winter.
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23 Nov 1883
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 23 Nov 1883