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Sir Charles Napier (Bark), collision, 1 Dec 1854

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NAPIER, SIR CHARLES Barque, and the Barque TRADE WIND collided on Lake Erie, sinking the latter in deep water. Property loss $50,000 (for both vessels)
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)


Barque TRADE WIND sunk in collision with Barque SIR CHARLES NAPIER off Long Point
      Toronto Globe
      Dec 6, 1854
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barque TRADE WIND, sunk by collision Dec. 3rd., near the Cut at Long Point, with
cargo of 200 tons of R/R iron and 1,000 staves.
      Detroit Free Press
      Dec. 6, 1854

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COLLISION.---We learn from Mr.Walker that the captain of the Canadian barque
SIR CHARLES NAPIER, writes to this city that he came in collision on Friday, near
the Cut at Long Point, with a vessel supposed to be the barque TRADE WIND, bound
up from this port to Chicago.
      The captain say the collision occurred in a snow storm, and that he remained by the
other vessel a few minutes, and enquired of them what damage they had sustained, but
received no answer, and when the snow storm cleared away the other vessel was not to
be seen. What became of her he did not know. Nothing had been heard from the
TRADE WIND up to a late hour on Saturday evening. The SIR CHARLES NAPIER
sustained about $1,000 damage by the collision, and was in the Welland Canal, repairing.
It is supposed by the owners of the TRADE WING, Messrs. H. C. Walker & Co., that
that vessel had not had time to reach the Cut when the snow storm came on, and they
are inclined to believe that it must have been some other vessel that the NAPIER ran
      Since the above has been in type, we learn from Mr. Walker, that Capt. Eastwick and
the crew of the TRADE WIND have arrived. The captain states that after the collision
with the SIR CHARLES NAPIER, the TRADE WIND sunk almost immediately, and
the crew had barely time to take to the life boats, which they happened to have on board
for Chicago, and thus saved themselves. Their only boat was smashed at the time of the
collision. The TRADE WIND was bound from this port to Chicago, with 200 tons of
railroad iron and 1,000 stoves. She was owned by H. C. Walker & Co., and was insured
for $12,000
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, December 4, 1854

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,000
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Sir Charles Napier (Bark), collision, 1 Dec 1854