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Surprise (Schooner), collision, 30 May 1858

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Schooner SURPRISE, collided with Brig YOUNG AMERICA in Saginaw Bay, got into Chicago. Damage to Schooner $50, to the Brig $3,500.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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COLLISION - The schooner SURPRISE, Capt. Kelly, came into port on Tuesday,
with her head-gear and jib-boom gone, and foremast in preventive stays. She
collided with the brig YOUNG AMERICA, Capt. Campbell, on the 30th. ult., off
Presque Isle, suffering the above damage herself, her fore-mast being knocked
out of the step. The YOUNG AMERICA was more severely injured, her jib-boom,
bowsprit and foremast-head being carried away, and mainmast so much injured that
when Capt. Parrish of the schooner ECHO met her at Mackinaw it was gone, and
the crew were busy rigging yards on a jury foremast. As she has not since been
heard of, fears are entertained for her safety. - Chicago Union.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 11, 1858

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      The bark SUNSHINE came into port yesterday with her foremast in preventive
stays, having been broken off below deck in a collision with the brig YOUNG
AMERICA. The YOUNG AMERICA was dismasted, and otherwise badly injured. -
Chicago Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 11, 1858

NOTE - A difference in vessel names appear in the above extracts ? It is
possible both collisions took place, but unlikely. (SUNSHINE is doubtful)

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $50
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.75002 Longitude: -83.66664
William R. McNeil
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Surprise (Schooner), collision, 30 May 1858