The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
David Morris (Bark), collision, 1 Oct 1860

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DAVID MORRIS, Bark, cargo coal, and Propeller SCIOTA, collided near the mouth of the Detroit River. damage to former $250, to latter $500.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 11, 1861. (Casualty List, 1860)

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      The prop. SCOTIA, (Sciota) on her last trip down, and while passing out of
the Detroit River, came in collision with the bark DAVID MORRIS, bound up.
The propeller had her mast carried away, the fall of which demolished her pilot
house, and caused other damage. Capt. Travers states positively that no lights
were visible on the vessel, and that other vessels which he previously passed
laying at anchor were similarly situated. It is much to be regretted after the
repeated caution already given relative to such reckless carelessness that ther
are yet those who, regardless of the dangerous consequences from such neglect,
persist in exposing themselves and others to such imminent danger. Let Captain
not only see that lanterns are put in places assigned them by law, but that the
material necessary for a good light be put there also.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 10, 1860

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $250
Freight: coal
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.04116 Longitude: -83.14965
William R. McNeil
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David Morris (Bark), collision, 1 Oct 1860