The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
H. S. Fairchild (Schooner), sunk by collision, 6 Oct 1871

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Schooner H.S. FAIRCHILDS, cargo wheat, sunk in Lake Erie by collision with schooner HARVEST HOME, above Long Point; total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      COLLISION -- VESSEL SUNK. - The schooner FAIRCHILDS, downward bound,
collided with the schooner HARVEST QUEEN above Long Point yesterday morning
before daylight. The FAIRCHILDS sunk soon after the collision. She was loaded with
20,000 bushels of wheat from Preston & Wright. She was insured for $15,000 on the hull, and was owned by Robert Mills, Esq., of this city.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, October 7, 1871

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      The schr. H.C. FAIRCHILD, from Milwaukee to Buffalo, with 20,000 bu. wheat, and the schr. HARVEST HOME, from Kingston to this port with iron ore, collided on Friday last (10/1), about 45 miles south of Long Point. The FAIRCHILD's cargo will prove a total loss, the vessel sinking in 5 minutes from the time of the collision. The loss of the hull and cargo of the FAIRCHILD will be about $45,000; fully insured. The HARVEST HOME took off the crew of the FAIRCHILD and brought them to this city. The damage to the HARVEST HOME is not serious. No blame attached to either vessel, the weather being smoky and cloudy making it impossible to see a hundred feet ahead.
      Cleveland Leader
      October 9, 1871 4-8

AN UNKNOWN VESSEL FOUND SUNK. - Captain L.A. Sanders, of the schooner CLARA PARKER, states that on the 13th. inst, at 6 P.M., he passed a sunken three-masted schooner about 40 miles West of Long Point, Port Burwell, bearing N 1/4 West, and distant about 23 miles. The fore cross trees were about three feet above water, foretop mast broken in the middle, mainsail set, and rags of main gaff topsail flying.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, October 18, 1871

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      DISASTERS ON LAKE ERIE. - The schooner T.M. KNAPP, on her passage down, ran foul of the spars of the sunken schooner FAIRCHILDS, 40 miles, W. S. West of Long Point, and lost her fore-topmast by the shock.
The spars of the FAIRCHILDS were undoubtedly those seen and reported by upward bound vessels.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, October 19, 1871

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $15,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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H. S. Fairchild (Schooner), sunk by collision, 6 Oct 1871