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Grace Whitney (Schooner), U10239, collision, 30 Jul 1910

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WHITNEY, GRACE Schooner, official U. S. Number 10239, of 289 tons gross, built 1866. collided with the Propeller OGDENSBURG near Bar Point, Mich. July 30, 1910. of seven persons on board two lives were lost. Total loss.
      Reported Loss of American Vessels
      Merchant Vessel List of U. S. 1911

      Steamer OGDENSBURG Runs Down GRACE WHITNEY And Two Are Drowned.
      Detroit. Mich., Aug. 1. - Two lives were lost early Sunday when the barge GRACE WHITNEY was run down by the steamer OGDENSBURG three miles below Bar Point Light in Lake Erie. Capt. Ross Heath of Marine City, master of the barge and husband and father of the two victims, and the members of his crew had narrow escapes.
      The WHITNEY was third of three barges in tow of the steamer MAINE. All laden with coal, were bound for Port Huron. The OGDENSBURG, and Anchor Line steel package freighter, was bound down with a heavy cargo.
      When the OGDENSBURG crashed into the WHITNEY the captain's wife and two children were asleep in their stateroom. They rushed for the deck and a torrent of water engulfed them, that was the last seen of the woman and her 10 year old son. The other child, a girl, clung to some wreckage and was picked up with the other survivors.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 1, 1910

Schooner GRACE WHITNEY. U. S. No. 10239. Of 289 tons gross; 275 tons net. Built Gibraltar, Mich, 1866. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 141.1 x 26.0 x 11.5 Crew of 5.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1909

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Lives: 2
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.055277 Longitude: -83.116388
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Grace Whitney (Schooner), U10239, collision, 30 Jul 1910