The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Augusta (Schooner), collision, 8 Sep 1860

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Schooner AUGUSTA, damaged by collision with the steamer LADY ELGIN off Waukegan, Lake Michigan.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 11, 1861. (Casualty List, 1860)

      . . . . .

      A SAD AND MEMORABLE VESSEL. - Yesterday the schooner AUGUSTA,
whose terrible collision on Lake Michigan, with the LADY ELGIN, by which nearly
300 lives were lost, came into our port with a cargo of grain, being the first trip since
that sad catastrophe. But few traces of that awful night's work can be seen, her head
gear is not, however, fully repaired, and there was no serious injury done to her hull
that can be observed. But few craft that now ride the waters of the chain of lakes has
so tragic a history connected with her, if we except the propeller OGDENSBURG
which collided with the steamer ATLANTIC in August 1851, off Long Point, by which
250 lives were lost. Wherever she sails the sight of her will awaken a sad feeling in
the hearts of thousands who mourn the loss of dear friends who have passed into
another world, through her instrumentality.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, October 1, 1860

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Renamed COL. COOK

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $700
Remarks: Renamed COLONEL COOK
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.36363 Longitude: -87.84479
William R. McNeil
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Augusta (Schooner), collision, 8 Sep 1860