The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Great Western (Schooner), collision, 1 Jun 1861

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Schooner GREAT WESTERN, cargo wheat, collided with the Schooner MILWAUKEE BELLE, on Lake Erie. Her crew thinking she was sinking jumped on board the MILWAUKEE BELLE, and they were carried to Detroit. Their vessel, the GREAT WESTERN , haven fallen in with a propeller, was taken to Port Stanley, in a damaged condition.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1862. Casualty List, 1861

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      (special dispatch to the Commercial Advertiser)
      Detroit, June 6.
The schooner MILWAUKEE BELLE, bound up light, and the schooner GREAT WEST, bound down with a cargo of 10,000 bushels of wheat, collided off Erie Wednesday morning. The latter went down. The crew were taken off by the former, which has arrived here, and but slightly damaged.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 6, 1861
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CORRECTION. -- Capt. Thorp, of the propeller ILLINOIS which arrived here yesterday, informs us that he discovered the schooner GREAT WESTERN on his downward passage, of which mention was made yesterday in our second edition, near the place where she was said to have sunk. He towed her thence to Port Stanley. She will be taken to Cleveland for repairs.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 7, 1861

The schooner GREAT WESTERN was towed here this morning from Port Stanley by the propeller MARY STEWART. She is apperently but slightly damaged.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 9, 1861

      SALVAGE. -- By a recent decision of Judge Hall, of this District, the Western Transportation Company, representing the propeller ILLINOIS, obtained a verdict of $1,497 against the Canadian owners of the schooner GREAT WESTERN for salvage. On the night of the 5th of June, 1861, the propeller ILLINOIS found the schooner GREAT WESTERN abandoned by her crew, and towed her to Port Stanley. The W. T. Co. get $1,100, Capt. Thorp $200, and the crew from $15 to $45 each.
      Buffalo daily Courier
      Thursday, June 26, 1862

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $3,000
Cargo: $9,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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Great Western (Schooner), collision, 1 Jun 1861