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North Star (Schooner), sunk by collision, 20 Jun 1857

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Schooner NORTH STAR and Propeller ONTONAGON, collided on Lake Huron, the schooner with her cargo of corn sunk in deep water, totally lost. Property loss $14,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 28, 1858 (1857 casualty list)
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NORTH STAR Schooner, (Lake Navigation Co.) sank in Lake Huron by colliding with Propeller ONTONAGON - 11,600 bushels wheat lost. Insured in Buffalo Mutual. Property loss $16,250.
      Chicago Daily Press
      Casualty List for 1857

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      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


The schooner NORTH STAR, which was sunk by collision with the propeller ONTONAGON, in Lake Huron, on Saturday night, was valued at $12,000. The total loss by the collision, including the cargo, will not be far from $25,000. - Det. Adv. 24.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, June 25, 1857


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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $12,000
Cargo: $13,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Total loss
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William R. McNeil
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North Star (Schooner), sunk by collision, 20 Jun 1857