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Jenny Lind (Schooner), U12716, collision, 18 Sep 1849

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LIND, JENNY Schooner, and Schooner SCAMMON came into collision, Sept. 18, 1849 - the SCAMMON had her mast carried away and otherwise badly damaged, the JENNY LIND but slightly damaged.
      Casualty List for 1849
      Erik Hyle's private papers

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      MARINE DISASTER. - The schooner J.Y. SCAMMON, loaded with corn for Walker, Clark & Co., of this city, was towed into port this morning in a disabled state by the steamer MAYFLOWER. She was run into about 12 o'clock last night, by the schooner JENNY LIND, and had her foremast with standing rigging carried away by the board, and the mainmast below the cross trees.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, September 18, 1849 p.2

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Brig J.Y. SCAMMON, collided with the Schooner JENNY LIND, on lake Erie;
      loss to the former....................................$3,500
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, January 3, 1850 (extracted from list)

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      From Capt. Prindiville, of the brig J. Y. SCAMMON, we learn the particulars of a fearful collision, which took place on Monday evening, between the SCAMMON and the JENNY LIND. Between 9 and 10 on that evening, while off a point between Gravelly Bay and Grand River, the SCAMMON made the light of the JENNY LIND dead ahead, both vessels going free, with what sailors recognize as a " sodger's wind." He instantly called out to her to " port her helm," and himself kept away, which brought the LIND's light about a point off the weather bow, still nearing; he again cried out to the LIND to port her helm, jumping to his own helm and putting it hard a port. The call, however, was disregarded, and the LIND came head on aboard of him, striking him upon the larboard bow, her jib-boom striking his foremast. The bow-sprit of the LIND raked away all the weather fore-rigging of the SCAMMON, when the fore-top-mast, top gallant and royal masts went over of course, carrying with them the mainmast. Capt. P. after the accident, let go both anchors in 15 fathoms water, and rode at them for twelve hours, when at 10 A. M. yesterday morning, the steamer MAYFLOWER discovered her signal of distress, took her in tow and brought her into port. The damage cannot be less than $2,500, which is confined however, to her spars and rigging, as her cargo consisting of 3,000 bushels of wheat and 6,000 of corn, is entirely uninjured. Capt. P. is loud in his praise of Capt. Van Allen of the MAYFLOWER, for his promptitude in coming to the rescue of the brig, and the efficacy of the assistance rendered by him to her.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, September 19, 1849

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      JENNY LIND Schooner. Official U. S. Number, 12716. of 110.98 Tons. Home port, Buffalo.
      Merchant Vessel List of U. S. for 1869

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    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
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Jenny Lind (Schooner), U12716, collision, 18 Sep 1849