The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Belle (Brig), collision, 4 Nov 1851

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Brig BELLE, run into by Propeller DELAWARE. Towed to Beaver Island--damaged cargo of corn. Property loss $3,800. Nov. 4, 1851
      Disasters on the lakes in 1851
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser. Jan. 2, 1852

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We learn from the Milwaukee Sentinal of Thursday that the Propeller DELAWARE arrived Wednesday from Buffalo. Near the Beaver Islands she came in collision with the Brig BELLE, of Chicago, with a cargo of corn, and broke into her with so much force, as to cause her to sink rapidly. The DELAWARE towed the Brig into the port on the Island, and left her there with two feet of water in her hold. The Delaware lost her best anchor and had her guards torn away. Damage and loss, some $600
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Monday, November 10, 1851

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      COLLISION.- We learn that the schooner BELLE, from Chicago to this city with a cargo of 11,000 bushels of corn, was run into by the propeller DELAWARE about one o'clock on Friday morning, near the Beaver Islands, and damaged so badly that she put into the harbor with five feet of water in her. The vessel and cargo was owned by Thomas Dyer, Esq., of Chicago.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, November 10, 1851

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $3,800
Cargo: included
Freight: corn
Remarks: Damaged
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.66472 Longitude: -85.55731
William R. McNeil
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Belle (Brig), collision, 4 Nov 1851