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Sultan (Brig), collision, 27 Oct 1856

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Brig SULTAN, and Schooner G.L. NEWMAN, collided off Presqu'Isle, the latter jetted 70 tons of coal.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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New Harbor On Lake Huron - We find in the Goderich Signal, the following
letter and further account of a new and capacious harbor at Bai-du-dard or Port
Bruce. Its existence as a good harbor, has been known only for a short period.
The letter is written by Capt. Gilmoe, of the brig SULTAN, of Buffalo. He says
"The brig SULTAN, of Buffalo, which I commanded, had a collision with a vessel
off Middle Island on Monday night, 27th October, in consequence of which I had
to run for the east shore. I had the good fortune to run into Bededor Bay, and
had I been acquainted with the coast, might have run in with perfect safety, as
there is plenty of water in the harbor for the largest vessel on the lakes to run
in with perfect safety, and good anchorage inside the harbor. I ran in by the
south channel, and got inside the outer breakers, where the vessel lay very
snugly on the rocks through a tremendous gale; had there been a light-house
and some cribs, or any formation of a pier whatsoever, I could have run in all
right, and would have sustained very little damage. And as the matter now
stands, having been a week in the place, I see no difficulty in making the
harbor a safe and commodious one for the largest vessels on the lakes."

A correspondent of the Signal, writing from Port Bruce further adds:

      "Apropos of this subject, I may say that every one who is acquainted with
the harbor admits that the Captain's disinterested estimate of its possibilites
and capabilities is just; and that the owners and captain's of vessels sailing
on the lakes are of the same opinion, is proved by the fact that no less than
five schooners have this winter laid up in it. The desiderata Captain Gilmore
refers to, are now being supplied. Two piers are in course of erection, both o
which are almost completed, and at which the steamer PLOUGHBOY is to call
during the ensuing season. I understand, also, the the government has fixed
upon a site for a light-house."
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, April 14, 1857

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.19251 Longitude: -83.3272
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Sultan (Brig), collision, 27 Oct 1856