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E. St. John Bemis (Schooner), U7328, sunk by collision, 17 Apr 1861


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BEMIS, E. St. JOHN Schooner, cargo R.R. iron and etc., sunk by collision with Propeller DUNKIRK in the Detroit River.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1862. Casualty list, 1861

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COLLISIONS. -- The propeller DUNKIRK, which took departure deep loaded for Buffalo last evening, collided with the schooner E. S. J. BEMIS, about 11 o'clock, near the foot of Fighting Island, causing the schooner to sink immediately afterwards. The DUNKIRK was struck just abaft her starboard bow, but did not seriously damage her hull. Her upper works and one side of her cabins forward were considerably damaged. One man belonging to the boat received a cut or bruises on the head, but is not seriously injured. The wind was blowing heavy at the time, the night dark, and a large number of vessels lay at anchor in the river. The propeller returned to the city this morning. The Captain of the BEMIS has chartered a tug with steam pump to raise his vessel, which we learn is laden with railroad iron.
      At the time of the collision above stated, other vessels in the immediate vicinity, while endeavoring to clear each other, received some slight damages also. The brig BANNER carried away her foreyard, and lies hard aground near the upper light. The schooner L. J. FARWELL lost her jibboom, and the bark NORTHERN LIGHT, of Clayton, met with a like disaster. --- Detroit Tribune, 18th.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 20, 1861

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From a dispatch sent from W. D. Robinson, to Capt. Dobbins, we learn that the schooner BEMIS, which collised with the propeller DUNKIRK in Detroit River, on Friday night last, has eleven feet of water above her decks. She was loaded with railroad iron and apples.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 22, 1861
     
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By a letter from Capt. W. D. Robinson, relative to the schooner BEMIS, of which mention was made yesterday, we gather the following: Capt. R. thinks that the only way to raise the vessel is to take two vessels alongside, with chains and screws, and lift her deck, which is covered with eleven feet of water, to the surface. She lays broadside to the current at the foot of Fighting Island, and has on board 300 tons railroad iron and 800 bushels apples, the iron being insured in the North-Western Company.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 23, 1861

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THE SCHOONER BEMIS. -- The work in raising the sunken schooner BEMIS, near Fighting Island, progresses somewhat slowly. Vessels have been placed on either side of her, on which arches have been erected, and chains arranged under her. The process of screwing her up will not occupy probably more than two days, when she will be pumped out, relieved of her cargo, and towed up to the dry dock. --- Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 4, 1861

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THE BEMIS. -- UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT. -- The wrecking expedition organized to raise the schooner BEMIS, returned this morning, having been unsuccessful in its object. Yesterday the force employed succeeded in screwing up the srern until the cabin was out of water, when the chains -- three in number, all 1-1/2 inch -- parted at once. Eight screws were also in use, each capable of lifting 30 tons. Ten men were precipitated into the water, all of whom were in imminent danger, but fortunately they all made their escape. More chains and other appliances are to be procured from Buffalo, when another attempt will be made.
      The cargo of the BEMIS consists of 350 tons iron and 700 bbls apples.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 7, 1861

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THE BEMIS. -- The schooner BEMIS has been raised up with her taffrail out of water. The diver is already on land engaged in replacing one of her hatches, which was off, and when this is accomplished she will be immediately pumped out. --- Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 15, 1861

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The schr. BEMIS has been finally raised and was yesterday towed up to Clark's drydock where she will be repaired, and in a short time placed in running order. The work of raising this vessel has been slow and tedious, and doubtless been attended with great expense.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 4, 1861

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Steam pumps have been got in operation on the schooner BEMIS, but were having little or no effect towards raising her. The opinion is that a greater part of the cargo will have to be taken out before she can be successfullyraised. --- Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 18, 1861

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The schooner BEMIS is in a fair way now of being finally raised, and it is thought by those engaged in the undertaking, that she will be got into dry-dock by Saturday night or Sunday. --- Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 1, 1861

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      The schooner BEMIS, which, since her collision early in the spring, has been undergoing a partial rebuild, has completed her repairs and today took her departure westward. Capt. Estes, her former commander, remains at the stick. -- Detroit Tribune
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, July 23, 1861

     

Schooner E.S.J. BEMIS. U. S. No. 7328. Of 226.05 tons. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871


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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $5,500
Cargo: $6,750
Freight: R.R.iron
Remarks: Raised
Date of Original:
1861
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McN.W.4352
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.216944 Longitude: -83.118611
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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E. St. John Bemis (Schooner), U7328, sunk by collision, 17 Apr 1861