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Ontonagon (Propeller), U18963, collision, 20 Jun 1857

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Propeller ONTONAGON and Schooner NORTH STAR, collided on Lake Huron, the Schooner and her cargo of corn, sunk in deep water and totally lost.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 28, 1858 (1857 casualty)

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SCHOONER NORTH STAR SUNK BY COLLISION. - We learn from the Detroit Advertiser of Yesterday, that the propeller ONTONAGON and schooner NORTH
STAR collided on Saturday night last at about 10 o'clock, some eight miles below
Point Aux Barques. The propeller struck the vessel a little abaft amidship, with much
force, cutting her half in two. The stem of the propeller cut through the vessel past the
mainmast. The two vessels hung together for about an hour, but as soon as they
became detached the NORTH STAR filled fast, and sunk in ten minutes. All the hands
of the STAR were soon on board of the propeller, which sustained but little injury. The
NORTH STAR was loaded with 11,600 bu. corn from Chicago to Buffalo, which, together
with the vessel, will be a total loss. She belonged to the Lake Navigation Co., which do
not insure. We did not learn whether her cargo was insured or not. The ONTONAGON
was bound for Chicago with a cargo of merchandise. The crew of the vessel were taken
to Presque Isle by the propeller, and there happening to meet the steamer QUEEN CITY,
bound down, they were taken on board of her and brought to Detroit.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, June 24, 1857

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Steam screw ONTONAGON.* U. S. No. 18963. Of 377.71 tons gross. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1856. Home port, East Saginaw, Mich.
      * denotes vessel Lost, Wrecked or otherwise out of service.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Freight: merchandise
Remarks: Repaired
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William R. McNeil
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Ontonagon (Propeller), U18963, collision, 20 Jun 1857