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Manhattan (Propeller), collision, 14 Jun 1847


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Propeller MANHATTAN, ran into the Schooner SALTILLO on the St. Clair Flats, and sunk her.
      Buffalo Courier (1847 casualty list)
      March 17, 1848

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      The schooner SALTILLO, of Sackets Harbor, while being towed over the St. Clair Flats on Monday evening, by the steamer TECUMSEH, came in collision with the Propeller MANHATTAN, bound up, and was sunk almost instantly in nine and a half feet of water, leaving her bows out. She was loaded with 10,000 bushels of wheat, 400 of which was saved and brouht to this city by the Sloop FRANCIS.
Vessel and cargo insured.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, June 23, 1847

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      "We passed through Lake St. Clair and over the celebrated flats, which are so much the dread of mariners, without difficulty. As is customary the speed of the boat was diminished, and we wound with the serpentine channel which has been staked out - often times coloring the water with the sand from the bottom, so near did our keel scrape an acquaintance with it. There were no vessels on the flats, except the schooner SALTILLO, with a cargo of wheat, which had been run into and sunk. The water was so shallow, however, that she was but a little lower than a full laden craft. She had been struck abaft her quarter and stove in." (part )
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 8, 1847

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Schooner SALTILLO, was run into, and sunk by the Propeller MANHATTAN June 16, 1847, on the St. Clair Flats, Schooner had a cargo of 10,000 bushels of wheat,
cargo loss $15,000; Vessel loss $3,000.
      Casualty List for 1847
      Erik Hyle's private papers

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      the collision case on the St. Clair Flats.- The Detroit Free Press of Monday last says:- "Judge Wing, on Saturday, gave in hus decision in the case of the owners of the schooner SALTILLO, with the propeller MANHATTAN. The suit was brought by Messrs. Clark and Hooker, of Oswego, Foster J. Penny, Captain, and George McQuin, Mate, owners of the SALTILLO, for the recovery of about $17,000damage and loss sustained in sinking the schooner by the collision with the propeller MANHATTAN, on the 14th of June, 1847, on the St. Clair Flats. The vessel was loaded with 10,500 bush. of wheat, the property of H.M. Kinne, of Buffalo. The propeller was owned by Messrs. S. & A. Turner, of Ohio City, the defendants in the case against whom the suit was brought for the damages. The evidence brought out is very lengthy, and the opinion of the judge was delivered after a thorough examination of it in detail, in favor of the defendants. The case is one that has excited much interest among masters and owners of vessels, and the commercial and business community generally. A very large number of witnesses have been examined, comprising the oldest and most experienced mariners on the lakes, and the cost in the suit already amounts to a large sum.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, January 15, 1849

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Damage slight
Date of Original:
1847
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McN.W.588
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Manhattan (Propeller), collision, 14 Jun 1847