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Courier (Schooner), sunk by collision, 13 Sep 1847

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COURIER Schooner, sunk by the Brig MONTEITH near Erie. Loss over $12,000
      Buffalo Courier (casualty list)
      March 17, 1848
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      We learn that the brig COURIER, belong to Cleveland, loaded with 10,000 bu. corn, and some butter, lard and leather, came in collision on Sunday night, near the head of the Peninsula, with another vessel, (name unknown,)
and was so much injured that she sunk in about half an hour. The officers and crew, consisting of 8, escaped in the boat; the entire cargo was lost. Those on board the other vessel doubtless declined rendering aid from a
desire to become kown.
      Erie Gazette
      September 16, 1847

ANOTHER COLLISION.---The brig MONTEITH, Capt. M. Dimmick, came in last evening from Buffalo. Her stem is badly crushed, and leake some. This will delay her some time. Her cargo--a full load for Chicago--is now unloading, and it is supposed she will have to be hauled out for repair.
The collision happened about 2 o'clock Sunday morning, somewhere between Erie and Conneaut. There seems to be but little doubt that the vessel she struck was the COURIER, loaded with corn, bound down.------Plain dealer.
      Detroit Free press
      Thursday, September 16, 1847

      COLLISION:-The schooner COURIER, laden at this port for Buffalo with corn, provisions and ashes, and the Brig W. MONTEITH, laden at Buffalo with merchandise for the ports on lake Michigan, came in collision on Monday morning about 2 o'clock, between Conneaut and Erie, a heavy breeze at the time. The Brig split her bowsail at the heel, and received some additional small damage, but will soon be ready to proceed on her voyage. She struck the Schooner in her main rigging, carrying away her main-mast and staving in her side, it is supposed, as she sank soon after in 12 fathoms water. The insurance on the schooners cargo is $4,600 in the Protection Ins.Co. and $1,200 in the Aetna; on the hull, $2,000 in the Buffalo Mutual, and $4,500 in the North Western Insurance Co. The Captain of the schooner arrived last night bringing intelligence of the disaster, and this morning Mr. Weatherly, the General Agent for Lake Erie of the" North Western "paid the owner of the vessel the amount insured by that Company.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Wed. Sept. 15, 1847

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Reason: sunk by collision
Hull damage: $6,500
Cargo: $5,800
Freight: corn, ashes, &c.
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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Courier (Schooner), sunk by collision, 13 Sep 1847