The schooner HERCULES was sunk near St. Clair Flats on Wednesday afternoon by a collision with the steamer CLARION.
Port Hurnon Daily Times
Thursday, June 7, 1883
The Detroit Free Press says " At about 6 o'clock on Wednesday evening the propeller CLARION, bound up collided with the schr. HERCULES, which was sailing up, and damaged her to such an extent that she filled and went to the bottom at once, giving the crew barely time to save themselves. It was broad daylight at the time, and great indignation is manifested by those who saw the accident, against the officer in charge of the propeller. Two of the HERCULES' crew got aboard the propeller, and were taken to Port Huron. They stated that the captain offered them good wages and nothing to do if they would go with him to Milwaukee, but they refused and returned here. The HERCULES lies on her starboard side a short distance above the Club House, on the Canada side of the St.Clair River. The hull is completely under water, and the topmasts broken. Her sails are set. The schooner belongs to J.M. Jones, of this city, and is insured against total loss only.
June 16, 1883
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A despatch from Detroit says the schr. HERCULES, sunk by the prop. CLARION of the Anchor Line, was insured for $2,000 in the Thames & Mersey. The CLARION is held responsible for the disaster. The agents of the Anchor Line have made proposition for settlement of the claim, but it is not yet accepted by the owners of the HERCULES.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
June 23, 1883 3-7
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Steam screw CLARION. U. S. No. 125937. Of 1711.97 tons gross; 1513.33 tons net. Built Wyandotte, Mich., 1881. Home port, Erie Pa. 240.0 x 36.0 x 15.0.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885