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Lucy J. Latham (Schooner), collision, 1 May 1858

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LATHAM, LUCY J. Schooner, and ARCADIAN (C), Schooner, collided on Lake Ontario the ARCADIAN with a cargo of wheat sunk in deep water, a total loss. Property loss $15,300. (this would be for the both vessels, most of it, if not all for the ACADIAN)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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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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      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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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Freight: salt
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
William R. McNeil
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Lucy J. Latham (Schooner), collision, 1 May 1858