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Stephen A. Douglas (Schooner), aground, 6 Jul 1861
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DOUGLAS, S.A. Schooner, cargo R.R. iron, collided with the Schooner WHITE CLOUD, and was run ashore to prevent sinking in Pigeon Bay, Lake Erie.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1862. Casualty List, 1861

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ASHORE AND SUNK - The schooner STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS, loaded with railroad iron from Oswego, for the Upper lakes, is reported ashore and sunk in shoal water at Point Pelee, Lake Erie. The tug OSWEGO has gone to her assistance.
The DOUGLAS is the vessel that collided with the WHITE CLOUD. --- Detroit Tribune
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, JUly 11, 1861

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      The schooner S. A. DOUGLAS has been taken into Clark's Dry Dock where she undergoes all necessary repairs. She had on board part of a cargo of railroad iron which was taken out of her previous to going into dock. She was towed up to this city by the tug OSWEGO. Her damages will probably reach six hundred dollars. --- Detroit Tribune
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 15, 1861

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The schooner S. A. DOUGLAS, Capt. J. M. Turner, has come out of dry dock, having completed her repairs of damages, sustained by collision at Point au Pelee some three weeks since. She is now at the dock in Windsor, taking on the Railroad iron left there, prior to going into dock. Today she bends her sails, and tomorrow will take her departure westward. She has received a new coat of paint, and Capt. T. pronounces her in as excellent trim as she ever was. --- Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, July 27, 1861

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IMPORTANT COLLISION CASE. - We learn from the Detroit Free Press that an important suit is now being tried before Judge Wilkins, in the United States Circut Court at Detroit. It is a suit growing out of a collision between the schooners WHITE CLOUD and STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS. The collision occurred about two o'clock on the morning of July 6th, 1861, in the Point Pelee passage, about thirty-five miles from the mouth of Detroit River. The CLOUD was bound down from Chicago to Buffalo, laden with 16,000 bushels of corn. The DOUGLAS was bound up from Oswego to Chicago, laden with 180 tons of railroad iron. The collision did not prove serious, though each vessel had to lay up at the nearest port for repairs. The DOUGLAS was beached and her entire cargo had to be unloaded.
In the case now before the court, growing out of this accident, H. N. Strong, Esq., of Detroit, owner of the WHITE CLOUD, sues the STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS and her master, laying his damages at twelve hundred dollars. Willard Johnson, of Oswego, owner of the STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS, sues the WHITE CLOUD and her master on a cross libel, laying his damages at $3,000. The case has already occupied the attention of the court for some time and will not probably be decided for several several weeks to come. John S. Newberry is attorney for the WHITE CLOUD and Wm. A. Moore for the STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, February 9, 1863

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Schooner STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS. Of 360 tons. Built Sacketts Harbor 1859.
      Herman Runge Notes

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,100
Cargo: $300
Freight: R.R. iron
Remarks: Got off
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    Latitude: 42.016388 Longitude: -82.681666
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Stephen A. Douglas (Schooner), aground, 6 Jul 1861