The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 7 Oct, 1868

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THE SCHOONER PERSIAN. - As all hopes are abandoned as to the safety of this vessel or any of her crew, the depositions of the crew of the E. B. ALLEN, which collided with her, were taken here yesterday. From their statement, both vessels were bound down with a fair wind, near Presque Isle, some four miles from land. The Persian was ahead, winged on.* The Allen, with both sails on one side, and hauled up more**, was gradually gaining. In attempting to pass the Persian who, being ahead, had the right-of-way, through some mismanagement, the Allen struck the Persian on the quarter, and the last seen the Persian she was hauled up, heading for shore. It seems almost unaccountable that such an accident, with such fatal results, could occur with both crafts in plain view, in good weather, and the conduct of the Captain of the E. B. Allen will not bear a favorable scrutiny either on moral or legal ground. Some small articles have been picked up in the vicinity of the disaster, which, without doubt, belonged to the Persian, beyond that there will probably be nothing learned. The knowlege that she has gone down with some ten human beings, and desolated ten homes, through the mismanagement of one man, is all that is known at the present time. - [Chicago Republican, 5th.

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*winged on - in a fore and aft vessel, sailing with the wind from astern, with sails out on both sides of the boat's centerline. Also termed "wing on wing."      
**hauled up more - sails tighter, i.e. billowing less. This adds speed, but usually heels the boat over more and requires more precise sail-handling.      
The virtually-intact PERSIAN was located in the area of the collision in 1991. Both vessels were from Lake Ontario - the PERSIAN out of Oswego and the ALLEN from Ogdensburg, NY. Ironically, the ALLEN was lost about 40 miles to the southeast in another collision, three years later.
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7 Oct, 1868
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 7 Oct, 1868