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Rapid (Schooner), sunk by collision, 1 May 1862

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Schooner RAPID, cargo wheat, sunk by collision with schooner NARRAGANSETT, near Point Au Pelee, Lake Erie, and her Master drowned.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 26, 1863. (Casualty List, 1862)

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COLLISION. - On Thursday night the schooners RAPID and NARRAGANSETT, both grain laden, bound down, collided off the Clay Banks, Lake Erie, sinking the former.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, May 22, 1862

Capt. Black. - Capt. Black of the schooner RAPID, who sunk with his vessel after her collision with the NARAGANSETT, was a resident of this city, where he leaves a family. He is spoken of by those who knew him well to have been a man of sterling integrity, and an affectionate husband and father. He had sailed the lakes for over 25 years, and was well and favorably known along the whole line.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, May 24, 1862

      On Sunday night last as the schr. SUNBURY, bound up from Buffalo, was passing off the Clay Banks in the locality of the sunken schr. RAPID she came in contact with the wreck, passing between her masts, by which she had her jibboom foreyard and foregaffs carried away, her squaresail badly damaged, besides losing one of her anchors with 15 fathoms of chain. The night was intensely dark, accompanied with rain, rendering it impossible to discover objects at any distance, notwithstanding every caution was carried out in order to pass it by with safety. She arrived here early yesterday morning, and is at present undergoing repairs which will cost $100 or thereabouts, besides 2 days delay.
      In connection with the above, and for the satisfaction of those concerned, we would state that the parties interested in raising the above wreck took their departure yesterday forenoon with steam pumps and lighters for the purpose of raising her at once and getting her out of harms way. We wish them every possible success in their undertaking.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 25, 1862

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SCHOONER RAPID TO BE RAISED. -Taylor & Jewett, of Buffalo, have, we are informed, purchased of the underwriters the schooner RAPID, which was run down by collision with the NARAGANSETT not long since, and now lies sunk down off the Clay Banks, in Lake Erie. The price given we were not informed. The above firm have, accordingly, sent on men and means to raise her, and the work will be pushed forward with as little delay as possible. The body of Capt. Black, who went down with the RAPID, has not yet been found. --- Detroit Advertiser.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, June 25, 1862

      THE SCHOONER RAPID. - The schooner RAPID was towed up last evening to this city by the tugs L.L. Lyon and St. MARY, supported by arches between two lighters, and will at once be placed in dry dock for repairs. Captain Jones, who has had the contract for this undertaking, has performed a good service, and in good time, thus showing his skill and promptness in wrecking expeditions. -- Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 9, 1862

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 1
Hull damage: $6,000
Cargo: $18,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
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Rapid (Schooner), sunk by collision, 1 May 1862