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Morning Light (Schooner), U16410, collision, 15 Apr 1860

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Schooners MORNING LIGHT, and L.M. MASON, both laden with corn, collided in the Detroit River. Damage to former $2,000, cargo $5,000 and to the latter $500.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 11, 1861. (Casualty List, 1860)

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From the Detroit Advertiser: A collision occurred on Sunday night, at about 12 o'clock between the schooners MORNING LIGHT and L.M. MASON, off Bar Point, in Lake Erie. Both vessels were bound down and sailing by the wind at the time of the occurrence, when by mistaking each other's lights the collided with great force. It was soon ascertained that the former vessel was leaking very fast, when she was run back for the river, and on reaching the reef at the foot of Bois Blanc Island, was run aground to avoid her sinking in deeper water. She was loaded with corn, and lies in 10 feet of water. The captain has chartered the tug ELLIOTT with a steam pump, which leaves this evening, and doubtless will raise her without much delay and bring her to this city for the necessary repairs. The L.M. MASON had her jibboom, bowsprit, cutwater and head gear carried away.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, April 18, 1860

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      Schooner MORNING LIGHT, which was sunk by collision with the schooner L.M. MASON, on Sunday night last, was raised by the tug ELLIOTT, and towed up to the city yesterday. The damage sustained by her are not so serious as at first apprehended.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, April 20, 1860

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Schooner MORNING LIGHT, which lately sunk with a cargo of corn at the mouth of the Detroit River, and has for several days been in dry dock, is now very nearly repaired. Her hull will be finished probably this week.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, May 5, 1860

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Schooner MORNING LIGHT. U. S. No. 16410. Of 225.92 tons. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant vesel List, U. S., 1880/81

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,000
Cargo: $5,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.055277 Longitude: -83.116388
William R. McNeil
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Morning Light (Schooner), U16410, collision, 15 Apr 1860