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Oriole (Schooner), sunk by collision, 9 Aug 1862

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Schooner ORIOLE, cargo iron ore, was sunk by collision with the steamer ILLINOIS, on Lake Superior, total loss, with all on board, except the cook.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 26, 1863. (Casualty List, 1862)

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- The man Fleming, who was the only person saved from the ill-fated ORIOLE, lost on Lake Superior, states that while floating about, the day following the disaster, on a portion of the cabin, the schooner MARY B. HALE passed within half a mile of him, and the crew to all appearance looking directly towards him, and to whom he made signals, but no attention was paid to him. The brig GLOBE, which followed along in the wake of the HALE, humanely came to his relief. We trust the captain of the HALE will explain the above matter. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, August 18, 1862

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      LOSS OF THE ORIOLE. - The Detroit Advertiser has the following statement of Fleming, the cook of the schooner ORIOLE. Fleming arrived here Saturday and went immediately to Buffalo:
      The ILLINOIS ran into the ORIOLE at 3 o'clock in the morning, striking her on the starboard quarter, just forward of the davits. Persons on the steamer saw her yawl drop into the water, and heard loud cries for help from three distinct voices as the steamer passed on her way. The weather was so thick that they could see the unfortunate vessel but a moment. The ILLINOIS was but slightly injured. At noon, on the 11th, the barque GLOBE, Captain Griffin, arrived at Marquette, having on board a man named Andrew Fleming, taken from a piece of the wreck about 8 o'clock on the evening of the 10th. He states that he was a sailor on the schooner ORIOLE, of Cleveland, bound for Buffalo with a cargo of 500 tons iron ore. She had on board the captain, his wife and mother-in-law, one passenger, and a crew of eight persons. At the time of the collision it was the mate's watch on deck. Fleming was asleep in his bunk at just about the place struck by the steamer. The first thing he knew after the crash was that he was in the water between the vessel and her stern, which was cut entirely off. He took a look at the steamer and turned his eyes again for the ORIOLE, but she was nowhere visible, having sunk almost immediately. He clung to his piece of wreck until daylight, when he managed to reach the yawl, which was still fast to the floating stern, somewhat broken and full of water. While in the water he heard some one call, and answered repeatedly, but they were too far seperated to make themselves understood. He remained in the boat from Saturday morning until Sunday evening, - forty hours - and was nearly exhausted when picked up by the GLOBE. He heard the whistle of a steamer soon after the accident, which continued with short intervals for nearly an hour. He supposed it to be the steamer that had struck them, waiting for daylight to render assistance, but it was the SEA BIRD, bound up.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, August 20, 1862

Schooner ORIOLE, Capt. McAdam, sunk by collision with steamer ILLINOIS, August 9th. near the Pictured Rocks, 40 miles below Marquette, Lake Superior. The schooner sunk almost immediately. Cargo, Iron ore for Erie, Pa., There was only one survivor, named Andrew Fleming. ---- Detroit Advertiser, Aug. 18.
      Toronto GLOBE
      August 18, 1862
Schooner ORIOLE, of 403 tons. Built Milan 1857 by Merry & Gay. Owned by R.K. Winslow & Co. Home port, Cleveland. Value $11,500. Class A 2.
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register, 1860
Schooner ORIOLE, of 397.47 tons. Owned by Rufus K. Winslow. Commanded by J.W. Turnball. Built Milan, Ohio, 1857 by Merry & Gay. One deck; Two masts; Square Stern; with figure-head. 141.0 x 26.2 x 11.6
      Port of Cleveland Enrollment 80 of 1857
      dated at Cleveland, August 12, 1857

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 12
Hull damage: $11,000
Cargo: $2,000
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.53328 Longitude: -86.48822
William R. McNeil
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Oriole (Schooner), sunk by collision, 9 Aug 1862