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Arcadian (Schooner), sunk by collision, 1 May 1858

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ARCADIAN Schooner (c), and Schooner LUCY J. LATHAM, collided on Lake Ontario, the former sunk in deep water, with a cargo of wheat. Total loss. Property loss $15,300.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      Collision -- Schooner ACADIA Sunk. -- On Saturday night last, the schooner L.J. LATHAM, which cleared from this port on Saturday evening, and the Canadian schooner ACADIA came in collision on the Lake, off Little Sodus. The ACADIA had her side stove in and went down in about ten minutes. The LATHAM carried away her fore top-mast, jib-boom and bowsprit.
She immediately put about for this port, and arrived back Sunday morning, with the crew of the ACADIA, who were all saved and came aboard in their yawl boat. The LATHAM had on a full load of salt and was bound for Chicago.
      Oswego Palladium
      Monday, May 10, 1858

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COLLISION - LOSS OF THE SCHOONER ARCADIAN. - The schooner ARCADIAN, Capt. Jas. Corrigal, bound from Bayfield, Canada shore of Lake Huron, to this port, with about 8,200 bushels of wheat, collided with the schooner LUCY J. LATHAM, Thomas McDonald, master, about 3 o'clock yesterday morning, some eight or ten miles off Big Sodus, and sunk immediately. The captain and crew, captain's wife and two children, were taken aboard the LATHAM, when she put about for this port.
The ARCADIAN was owned by Rae & Brothers, Hamilton, and her cargo, we believe, was consigned to Clark & Gifford, Albany. We could learn nothing relative to insurance.
The LATHAM was bound to Chicago with 800 bbls salt, and sailed from this port Saturday night. She lost jibboom, bowsprit and topmast, but otherwise was very little damaged. - Oswego Times.
      Buffalo Daily Republic & Times
      Wednesday, May 12, 1858

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      SCHOONER SUNK. --- By a telegraph from Oswego we learn that the schooner ARCADIAN, bound from Bayfield to Oswego with wheat, came into collision on Monday, with the schooner LUCY J. LATHAM off Big Sodus, and sunk immediately afterwards. The crew were taken on board the L.J. LATHAM and taken into Oswego.
      Cleveland Morning leader
      May 14, 1858

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"The schooner Acadia which was sunk by a collision off Little Sodus on Saturday evening (8th) was owned by Rae & Brothers, Hamilton, C.W., and was loaded with about 6,000 bushels of wheat, from Bayfield, Lake Huron, bound for Oswego. In going down, the main mast of the Acadia caught on the jib-boom of the Latham, which vessel sustained the immense weight of the Ocadian and her cargo for several moments, in that position, until relieved by the giving way of her jib-boom, bowsprit, and foretop-mast. The bow of the Latham was drawn under water, while her keel at the stern was raised ten or twelve feet out of the water. - Oswego Pall."
      Detroit Free Press
      May 14, 1858

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Reason: sunk by collision
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Freight: wheat
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.25729 Longitude: -76.96663
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Arcadian (Schooner), sunk by collision, 1 May 1858