FOR EUROPE:-- The schooner COLUMBIAN, it has been finally settled, will go to Europe. She is owned by Hackett & Co., of Detroit, is a staunch craft, and will have as good fortune in the trip as the dozen or so of lake vessels that have crossed the Atlantic this year.
September 1, 1876
The schooner COLUMBIA, which has been at Detroit for the past four days, fitting out for a trip to Ireland, was seized yesterday for debt. - - - - Detroit Free Press.
October 2, 1876
THIRTY-FOUR DAYS OUT. -- The schooner COLUMBIAN, which left Detroit early in October for Europe, which has been thirty-four days out from Quebec, has not yet put in an appearance in Europe. No fears, however, are entertained as to her safety, but tidings of her whereabouts would be very welcomed.
The J. W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, Fall 1876
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AN EXCITING VOYAGE.
THE TRIP OF A LAKE SCHOONER TO GREAT BRITAIN.
Interesting Extracts From The Captain's Log.
The schooner COLUMBIAN, Captain E. F. Cameron, was loaded last October at Alpena, Mich., with deals for England. She arrived at Queenstown, Ireland, November 25th, and was ordered to Grimsby, England, to discharge. Below are some extracts from her log sent by the captain to a friend in this city:
October 24. - The Quebec pilot left: proceeded down the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with variable winds and cloudy weather; seventeen sails in company. October 28. - Strong gales from W. SW. and weather thick; at midnight considered our distance run to St. Paul's, but could see nothing, consequently went out the Gulf between St. Paul's Island and Cape Ray without sighting anything, the schooner behaving splendidly, under very small canvass, blowing hard; passed six vessels and hove to, uncertain of their position; we, however, kept going, until November 2nd, when the gale shifted to the north, and became so heavy we had to lay to; in this position the vessel behaved well; at noon, on the 4th, the gale abated, our position then being 43 deg. 20 min. N. longitude 45 deg. ,16 min., W.; we made considerable progress, until Nov. 7th, when we experienced a fearful gale from the eastward, during which our cabin was filled by the sea; it lasted without abating eighty hours. November 18. - Cape Clear, Ireland; bore N. 60 deg. 55 min. 6 sec.; distant, 1,035 miles; up to this date we did well; only fourteen days from St. Paul's Island; during this gale Thomas Bonden, A. B., fell from the mast-head, and sustained serious, though not fatal injuries, which are also not permanent, it is hoped; this reduced our crew to four men forward; the disabled seaman we took into the cabin and did all in our power to alleviate his sufferings, I felt thankful that we had someone on board, that could and did all that was possible to be done for him. November 14. - Experienced another very heavy gale from N. E., the barometer going down to 28.74, and the sea "prodigious"; this gale ceased at 6 P. M. November 15 - 17 - Position, by observation, 43 deg. 57 min. N. Long. 29 deg. 27 min. W. You can see by this how far the continued gales have driven us out of our course. From the latter date, progressed about 125 miles per day, until November 23rd, when we experienced another blow, the sea being very heavy; our cabin again was partly filled with water; fortunately, by this time, our invalid seaman was able to be removed forward at his own request. At 8 P. M. on this date the gale moderated, when our latitude, by observation of the Pole Star, was 50 deg. 30 min. N. Long.; by observation of the star Altair, 13 deg. 45 mins. W. of Cape Clear, Ireland, bearing N. 75 deg. E., distant 169 5-10 miles. On the 24th. very heavy squalls with heavy seas, although the winds were fair; at 8:30 P. M., requested Mr. Brady, the first mate, to go aloft, and look for the Light; at 8:45 P. M., the Fastnet Light, Cape Clear, was reported from the mast-head, confirming the observations of the night previous, in addition to proving our chronometer absolutely correct. November 25th. at 2:15 P. M., a welcome visitor came on board, i.e., the Cork Pilot. ( where is the J. S. AUSTIN, who was to beat the COLUMBIAN so badly?) Through light baffling winds, we did not get in until Sunday, November 26th. at 8 A. M., this being my twenty-third passage to the eastward, and the severest yet.
I am glad to say we never lost one deal from our deckload, and $25 would cover the damage the vessel or sails sustained during the heavy gales on the Atlantic. Not to those vessels lying around us in Queenstown. They have had their decks swept, and bulwarks and stanchions gone. You can imagine the care and vigilance required in a schooner of this size, where the main boom is a continual terror to the man at the wheel, as well as to those in charge. I reserve my opinion on this rig for the Ocean in Winter. I will now close with the remark that business can be found on this side for vessels of the COLUMBIAN's classification. I could get at the present moment coals for the Mediterranean, and Sulphur from there to the United States. E. F. Cameron
Master Schooner COLUMBIAN.
January 6, 1877
Schooner COLUMBIAN. U. S. No. 4387. Of 356 tons gross;338 tons net. Built Green Bay, Wis., 1864. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 138.7 x 26.0 x 13.2
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899