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Trade Wind (Bark), sunk by collision, 1 Dec 1854

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


TRADE WIND sunk in collision with Barque SIR CHARLES NAPIER off Long Point.
      Toronto Globe
      Dec. 13, 1854


TRADE WIND, sunk by collision Dec. 3rd., near the Cut at Long Point, with a cargo of 200 tons 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 says 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 has been heard from the TRADE WIND up to a late hour on Saturday evening. The SIR CHARLES NAPIER sustained about $1,000 damage in the collision, and was in the Welland Canal, repairing. It is supposed by the owner of the TRADE WIND, 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 into.
      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 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: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: R.R.iron & staves
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Trade Wind (Bark), sunk by collision, 1 Dec 1854