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Samuel H. Foster (Schooner), U115150, collision, 1 Aug 1883


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THE FOSTER AND SUNNYSIDE.
      Further of the Wreck
      [Special Telegram to the Inter Ocean.]
Cheboygan, Mich., Aug. 21. -- The FOSTER is still here. An examination shows that her decks are started. Her deck-beams, stanchions and frames are broken and split all along the starboard side. Her props are moved several inches out of place, and although she doesn't leak much at present it is evident she is badly damaged. She is insured for about $18,000, and owned by J.C. Gilchrist, of Vermilion. The SUNNYSIDE was insured in three companies for $15,000, and owned by Robert Kerr, her master. At the time of the collision it was blowing hard from the southwest, pitch dark and raining. All three vessels carried some headsail. This caused the SUNNYSIDE to shoot ahead of the FOSTER, for the three schooners had broken adrift from the BARNUM and struck the FOSTER on the starboard amidship. The crew of the FOSTER leaped on the SUNNYSIDE, but jumped back on discovering they were on the sinking vessel, and the crew of the SUNNYSIDE took to their boats and pulled away to the DEWEY about half a mile away. The Captain's wife escaped in her night clothes and had a rough experience, as she is in poor health and was nearly exhausted when the DEWEY was reached. The SUNNYSIDE went down bow first, and her stern was blown to pieces in going down by the air which made a loud report. The chart shows over sixty fathoms of water in that vicinity. The steambarge BURNUM passed down last night with the --? --
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, August, 1883


      A dispatch received Tuesday afternoon at Mr.W.B. Scott's Insurance Agency on Water Street. "SUNNYSIDE collided with Schooner S.H. FOSTER last night and sank in deep water four miles north of North Fox Island. Crew saved." The SUNNYSIDE owned by Captain Kerr and loaded with 10,000 (?) tons of ore. And the S.H. FOSTER owned by S.H. Gilchrist, of Vermillion Cleveland Report. (part)
      Marine Record
      Aug. 23, 1883


      The FOSTER is still here and an examination shows that her decks are started, her stanchions and beams are broken and split along the starboard side, her props are moved several inches out of place, and although she does not leak much at present it is evident she is badly damaged. She is insured for $18,000 and is owned by J.C. Gilchrist, of Vermillion. The SUNNYSIDE was insured for $15,000 in three companies, and owned by Robert Kerr, her master. At the time of the collision it was blowing furiously from the Southwest, pitch dark, and raining. All three carried the same head sail, and this caused the SUNNYSIDE to shoot ahead of the FOSTER, for the three schooners had broken adrift, the SUNNYSIDE striking the FOSTER on the starboard side amidship. The FOSTER's crew leaped on the SUNNYSIDE, but jumped back, discovering they were on the sinking vessel, and the crew of the SUNNYSIDE took to their boats and pulled away to the DEWEY, about half a mile away. The SUNNYSIDE went down in probably thirty fathoms of water. - Cheboygan Report
      Marine Record
      August 23, 1883


      THE LOSS OF THE SUNNYSIDE AND CARGO.
The sunken schooner SUNNYSIDE measures 563 tons. She was built at Detroit by Campbell & Owen in 1863, was rebuilt in 1874, was owned by Kerr, of Cleveland, rated A 2, and was valued at $18,000. Insured.
      The S.H. FOSTER, damaged by the collision [or fouling], is owned by Foster et al, of Cleveland. She is insured.
      Both the vessels were iron ore loaded, and, as announced yesterday, were in tow of the steambarge BARNUM, the schooner DEWEY being in the tow. Whether there will be a law suit remains to be seen.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, August, 1883
     
     
     
Schooner SAMUEL H. FOSTER. U. S. No. 115150. Of 672.66 tons gross; 639.03 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1873. Home port, Vermillion, O. 189.0 x 33.0 x 13.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885
     


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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Damaged
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1883
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McN.W.10245
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William R. McNeil
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Samuel H. Foster (Schooner), U115150, collision, 1 Aug 1883