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Canada (Bark), collision, 6 Aug 1855

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CANADA Barque, and Brig GLOBE collide on L. E. Property loss $1,500.
      Buffalo Morning Express (casualty list)
      Jan. 11, 1856

COLLISION -- WANT OF LIGHTS. The bark CANADA bound up the lake, off Long Point about 1:30 o'clock on Sunday Morning, ran into and considerably damaged the brig GLOBE, bound down, loaded with corn. The GLOBE at the time was by the wind, with her starboard tacks aboard and carried a red light, thus having the right of way, and had there been a look-out on board the CANADA at the time, he could have easily seen her at a distance of a mile, as the night was clear and moonlight. As it was, however, she was not seen in time by the CANADA to allow her (the CANADA) to keep away and avoid the collision. The bark, as is quite common now-a-days, showed no light whatever, and the present case is only a single instance of the utter carelessness which seems at times to prevail like an epidemic among our vessel captains. The brig was struck by the Bark's jib-boom, which carried away her main rigging, split her main-sail to pieces and carried away her gaff, and finally fetched up against the brig's quarter, staving in her timbers and starting her deck beams clear across her. The cabin is also stove to pieces. Had the bark struck with full force, the brig must have sunk inevitably, as it is, she is damaged to the amount of $600 or $800.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, August 7, 1855

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Canada (Bark), collision, 6 Aug 1855