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Phalarope (Schooner), U19766, collision, 18 Jul 1858

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Schooner PHALAROPE, in tow of the steam tug EXPERIMENT, when near Mammy Judy Island, collided with an unknown propeller, which after getting clear of the tug, fell foul of the schooner and carried away her bowsprit. Property loss $1,800.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      COLLISIONS. -- On Sunday evening, about 11 o'clock, the tug EXPERIMENT collided with an unknown propeller, near Mammy Judy Island. The propeller struck the EXPERIMENT on the starboard side, carrying away her wheel house, demolishing her wheel, smashing in her guards, and injuring her machinery considerably. The propeller, after getting clear of the EXPERIMENT, passed on and collided with the schooner PHALAROPE, which the tug had in tow, carrying away the schooner's bowsprit, jib-boom and head gear. The schooner's jib-boom was driven into the propeller's larboard quarter, tearing away a portion of her cabin, and doing considerable injury. The extent of damage to the propeller, however, is not known. The damage to the EXPERIMENT is $1,500 or $2,000. -- Detroit Advertiser.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, July 21, 1858

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      COLLISIONS. - Sunday night, about 11 o'clock, as the tug EXPERIMENT was coming up the river, about 12 miles below the city, with the schooner PHALAROPE in tow, a propeller came in collision with her. The propeller struck her just forward of the wheel, on the starboard side, completely demolishing the wheel-house and destroying the wheel. Her damages will amount to a full $1,000.
After clearing from the tug, the propeller passed between her and the schooner, tearing away her jib-boom and head-gear. The propeller herself must have been considerably injured, but she did not stop, so it could not be ascertained what was their extent. Her name is unknown. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, July 22, 1858

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      The Detroit Tribune understands that the propeller WABASH VALLEY, now lying at that port disabled, is the propeller which collided with the tug EXPERIMENT, in the river, about ten days since, causing much damage to the latter vessel.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, July 30, 1858

Schooner PHALAROPE. U. S. No. 19766. Of 263.83 tons. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.19226 Longitude: -83.13603
William R. McNeil
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Phalarope (Schooner), U19766, collision, 18 Jul 1858