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Saltillo (Schooner), sunk by collision, 25 Nov 1853

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SALTILLO Schooner, sunk by running into Schooner TRADE WIND, St. Clair River, cargo coal and iron. Probable total loss. Property loss $8,700.
      Buffalo Express
      January 2, 1854 (1853 casualty list)

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SUNK.- The schooner SALTILLO, bound for Chicago, having on board 200 tons of coal and 50 tons of railroad iron, was sunk on Friday morning, about 6 o'clock, near Port Huron, says the Detroit Free press, by coming in collision with the schooner HENRY HAGAR. The SALTILLO, in consequence of stormy weather, had run back from Point aux Barques. At the time of the collision, she was drifting. The water in which she lies is from six to eight fathoms deep. The iron that she had on board was destined, we understand, for the Chicago and Galena Railroad.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, November 30, 1853

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      Wreckers are at work trying to raise the schooner SALTILLO, which sunk in St. Clair River two or three years since, with a cargo of railroad iron.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, October 8, 1856

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We briefly announced, a few days ago, that Messrs. Harrington & Phillips, the submarine divers, had abandoned the project of raising the wreck of the schr. SALTILLO, sunk in St. Clair River. It now appears that their object was not to raise the wreck, but to secure a portion of the cargo with which it is freighted. The disaster to the SALTILLO happened 14 years ago. She was loaded with railroad iron and coal for Chicago, and was driven back from Lake Huron by a storm. In attempting to come to anchor she swung broadside against the chain of a vessel already anchored which cut into her sufficiently to sink her. She lies in the rapids opposite Sarnia Bay - Milwaukee Sentinel
      Buffalo Morning Express
      August 23, 1869 3-4

ABANDONED. -- A third attempt to recover the railroad iron in St. Clair river from the wreck of the schooner SALTILLO, has been abandoned.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 19, 1873

Capt. M. Quigley, of St. Louis, who has had extensive experience in submarine diving, is about to make an attempt to recover the cargo of the schr. SALTILLO, which sunk 22 years ago in St. Clair River with a cargo of railroad iron. Several attempts have been made to secure this cargo, but the current is so strong and the position of the vessel right in the channel where vessels frequently pass have greatly interfered with the operation. Capt. Quigley, who has used the diving bell to great advantage on the Mississippi, has provided himself with one for this occasion, and hopes to be successful in his operations. The scow HENRY YOUNG and another will be anchored right over the sunken vessel and operations will be conducted from their decks.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 4, 1875 3-5

Wrecking operations on the schr. SALTILLO, which sunk in St. Clair Rapids over 20 years ago, were commenced Friday. Her anchors, chains, bob-stays and hatch-bar were recovered this afternoon, and it is expected that the iron rails in her hold will be reached tomorrow. The diving bell which is in use gives much better satisfaction than armor in the strong current of the rapids. --- Detroit Post, 23d.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 25, 1875 3-5

Two large anchors and 100 fathoms of chain were taken from the wreck of the old schr. SALTILLO Friday. The iron in her hold was reached. It consists of railroad iron and nails.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 2, 1875 3-5

RAISING SUNKEN CARGOES. -- The Port Huron Correspondent of the Detroit Post says:
      "An effort will be made without delay to get at the cargo or railroad iron in the schooner SALTILLO, which sunk in the rapids here twenty-three years ago. Captains Irwin Dugan and M. Quigley, of St. Louis, are in town quietly making their preparations. The work was begun last year, but owing to the severe weather which prevailed during the fall, no satisfactory progress was made. These gentlemen are prepared with batteries to blow the SALTILLO decks off, when the cargo in her hold can be reached with little trouble by means of a diving bell, as the current is too strong to permit divers to descend in armor. The same parties will engage in raising the cargo of iron ore on board the schooner CITY OF BUFFALO, which sank near Sand Beach Harbor of Refuge last fall, and which an effort will be made to raise the vessel if she is not to much broken up.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, May 8, 1876

      A HUMBUG EXPLODED. -- Our regular correspondent writes as follows:
      Port Huron, June 26, 1876. -- The wreckers who were engaged at the schooner SALTILLO in the attempt to raise her supposed cargo of railroad iron discontinued operations this morning after a thorough search, which failed to reveal a single rail of iron. Your correspondent, who had considerable curiosity to see this wreck, which has been under the water for twenty-three years in the strong current of the rapids, went down in the diving-bell to take an observation on Friday, and returned to the surface satisfied that the facilities for wrecking in use by this company could accomplish the work satisfactorily had there been any iron in the wreck. While down in the bell the hold of the vessel was explored and the cargo of coal she had on board was apparently all that is on board of her. The work of blowing her deck off was finished Saturday, when the strong current washed the greater portion of the sand and coal overboard. It is probable no other attempt will be made to reach this vessel in the future, as it is evident the contents of her hold is not railroad iron by any means.
      Cleveland Herald
      June 28, 1876

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      ENROLMENT No.47 of 1850

Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SALTILLO
Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Schooner
Tonnage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240.& fourteen nintyfifths. Tons
When Built . . . . . . . . . . . . 1847
Where Built. . . . . . . . . . . . Sackets Harbor
Builders name . . . . . . . . . ----

Date of registration at Port of Oswego:- August 16, 1850
Port of previous registration:- Sackets Harbor, dated Febuary 18, 1850.
Description of vessel:-
Length.................... 112 feet 6 inches
Breadth................... 24 feet 5 inches
Depth..................... 9 feet 7 inches
Masts..................... Two
Decks..................... One
Figure-head . . . . . Scroll Figure
Stern . . . . . . . . . . Square
Gallery. . . . . . . . . . None

Present Master............ George W. McQuinn

Subscribing owners:-Alvin Bronson owner of 3/4
      George W. McQuinn " " 1/4

Enrollment surrendered at District of Chicago, Port of Chicago dated August 24, 1855, by reason of a change of owners and district.

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: coal & iron ?
Remarks: Total loss
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Saltillo (Schooner), sunk by collision, 25 Nov 1853