Propeller COLORADO, damaged slightly by collision on Lake Huron, with bark H.P. BRIDGE; the Bark was a total loss.
Marine Disasters on the Western
Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall
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COLLISION CASE. - The collision case between the propeller COLORADO and the bark H.P. BRIDGE was decided at Detroit on Tuesday. The collision occurred on the night of May 11th. 1869, in a heavy fog, opposite Saginaw Bay. The bark was bound down with a cargo of oats and brick, and the propeller was bound up with a cargo of merchandise. The wind was about south for some time before the collision. The bark had been sailing by the wind on the starboard tack, close-hauled, her course being about southeast by east, which course she kept until just a moment before the collision, and after it had become inevitable, when her wheel was put hard a starboard. The course of the propeller was about north-north west, which course she kept until a very short time before the collision, when it was ordered hard a port. Before that order had been fully obeyed, however, it was countermanded, and the wheel was ordered hard a starboard, which latter order was fully obeyed, and the collision occurred almost immediately after. The crew of the bark were taken on board of the propeller.
From the time the fog set in, and up to the collision, the bark had blown her fog horn, and the propeller had blown her steam whistle regularly, as required by law; and just as the propeller was seen coming down upon the bark by those in charge of the latter, the bell was also rung by those on the bark. The signals of the propeller were heard on board the bark, but it does not clearly appear that those of the bark were heard on the propeller, ar at least any attention paid to them more than two or three minutes before the collision.
Judge Longyear, of the United States District Court, decided "that there was such a letting down on the part of the propeller, from that due and reasonable care, caution and diligence above mentioned, as to constitute a gross fault on her part, and on account of which she is responsible for the damages done by the collision complained of." The Judge ordered that a decree must be entered in favor of libellant for the full amount of his damages resulting from the collision, and referred it to a commision to ascertain and report the same.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
Thursday, July 20, 1869
Steam screw COLORADO. U. S. No. 4267. Of 1470.55 gross tons; 1321.78 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1867. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 254.6 x 35.0 x 13.0.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885