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Delaware (Propeller), collision, 1 Jun 1855

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DELAWARE Propeller, collided with Schooner E.M. LYON, off Black River, Lake
Erie, the latter a total loss with cargo coal. Property loss $4,000.
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      Jan. 11, 1856

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Cleveland, June 12 - At 3 o'clock this morning, off Black River, the propeller DELAWARE ran into the schooner E.M. LYON, laden with coal. The vessel sunk in seventy feet of water in twenty minutes. The crew were saved. The propeller saw the vessel's light, but mistook it for Cleveland light. The vessel was insured for $2,200 in a Cleveland Company.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, June 13, 1855

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This morning about 3 o'clock the propeller DELAWARE, Capt. Dickson, bound for this port, when just off Black River, ran into the starboard bow of the schooner E.M. LYON, commanded by Capt. T.A. Burke. The schooner left Cleveland last evening, at half-past eight o'clock, with a cargo of one hundred and forty-three tons of coal for Toledo. The wind was very light and from the South. She made slow headway. Just before three the wind changed to the north and was still a very light breeze. The mate of the propeller saw the schooner's light for half an hour, but he says he thought it was the Cleveland light-house. The night was cloudy, but not foggy. Directions were given on board the propeller to the man at the wheel to keep off a point. The engine was reversed, but not in time to prevent the collision. The vessel's course was west by north, and the propeller's east by south. The damage to the schooner was such as to give reason to believe that she would sink soon, and the crew were taken on board the propeller, and an attempt made to tow her ashore. Before she had been towed a mile, and in less than twenty minutes from the collision, she went down in ten fathoms water. The schooner was owned by R.T. Lyon, and was insured in the Commercial Mutual Insurance Company, Cleveland, for $2,250. -- Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      June 13, 1855

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LOSS OF THE SCHOONER E.M. LYON. - The schooner E.M. LYON, laden with coal by Messrs. Crawford & Price, of this city, for Toledo, left here last evening, and between two and three o'clock this morning was run into by the propeller DELAWARE, when about fifteen miles from here, and sunk in a few minutes. The crew were all saved and brought into port by the DELAWARE. The schooner was insured for $2,250 in the Commercial Mutual Insurance Company, of this city, but we believe there was no insurance on the coal.
We cannot learn that any blame attaches to the schooner, as we are informed that she showed the proper lights and held the course allowed said vessels when meeting steamers. The schooner was owned by R.T. Lyon, of this city, and was worth about $3,600. ----- Cleveland herald
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Wednesday, June 14, 1855

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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.47282 Longitude: -82.18404
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Delaware (Propeller), collision, 1 Jun 1855