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Young America (Schooner), collision, 1 Sep 1855

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YOUNG AMERICA Schooner, and Brig BLACK HAWK, collide on L. M. The YOUNG AMERICA sunk in deep water. Property loss Vessel $13,000 Cargo, $12,100.
      Buffalo Morning Express (Casualty List)
      Jan. 11, 1856

The new schooner YOUNG AMERICA, built at this port by George R. Rogers, for Mr. H.N. Ames, has just taken on her first cargo for Chicago. She is one of the most handsome and burthensome clipper vessels, ever built at this port. In dimensions, her keel is 124 feet; beam 25 and a half; depth of hold, 10 feet 6 inshes; main mast 90 feet; fore mast 85 feet; main boom 63 feet, and fore boom 50 feet. Her cargo consists of 3167 bbls of salt, which is said to be the largest ever taken from this port, and to be equivalent in weight to 16,000 bushels of wheat. With this, she draws scarcely 9 feet of water, and will carry over 16,000 bushels of wheat through the Welland Canal. She is an elegant modelled vessel, and every way creditable to the enterprising parties who have brought her out. In her construction, Mr. Rogers has won a high reputation for skill and enterprise as a ship builder. The YOUNG AMERICA is commanded by Capt. Kimball, who is spoken of as a faithful and experienced seaman. ----- Oswego Time
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      August 22, 1854

The schooner YOUNG AMERICA, sunk by collision with the brig BLACK HAWK on Lake Michigan, with a cargo of 17,000 bushels of corn. She was owned in Oswego.
      Toronto GLOBE
      September 26, 1855
NOTE:- there were two vessels with the name YOUNG AMERICA, the Oswego built one was the one lost by collision with the BLACK HAWK.

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $13,000
Cargo: $12,100
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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Young America (Schooner), collision, 1 Sep 1855