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White Cloud (Schooner), U26247, collision, 6 Jul 1861
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Schooner WHITE CLOUD, collided with the Schooner S.A. DOUGLAS, in Pigeon Bay, Lake Erie, lost bowsprit and etc.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 22, 1862 (Casualty List, 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 WHITE CLOUD. U. S. No. 26247. Of 243.65 tons gross; 231.45 tons net. Built Clayton, N.Y., Home port, Chicago, Ill. 130.0 x 35.0 x 10.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $200
Freight: corn
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.016388 Longitude: -82.681666
William R. McNeil
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White Cloud (Schooner), U26247, collision, 6 Jul 1861