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Sciota (Propeller), collision, 1 Oct 1860

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Propeller SCIOTA, and Bark DAVID MORRIS collided near the mouth of the Detroit River. Damage to former $500, to the latter $250.
      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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      PROPELLER DAMAGED. - The propeller SCIOTA came in this morning in a
sad plight, having been run into on her trip down, in the Detroit River by a vessel
and her upper works from her forward gangway left to her stern considerably
injured. We did not learn the name of the sail vessel that ran into her.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, October 31, 1860

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $500
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.04116 Longitude: -83.14965
William R. McNeil
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Sciota (Propeller), collision, 1 Oct 1860