Colliding Off Charlotte
Two Canal Schooners Imitating the Big Steamers, Jam Into Each Other.
A collision occurred off and a little below Charlotte at eleven o'clock last night between the schooners L. Seaton and Snow Bird. The former was laden with iron ore from Ogdensburg to Cleveland, the latter lumber laden from Toronto for J.K. Post of this city.
Capt. Andrew Beard, owner and master of the Snow Bird says that he was going at the rate of about eight miles an hour, wind about south; he was heading about east, on the starboard tack and the Seaton was on the port tack, when they struck and both were badly damaged about the bows.
The Seaton arrived here about 8 a.m. today and the Snow Bird about 11 a.m. The captain of the Seaton is reported as claiming that the night was bright and the collision purely the result of negligence on the part of the Snow Bird's crew, he having seen them and yelled to them to change their course. he says he waved his torch and did everything to prevent the collision.
The captain of the Snow Bird thinks he is not to blame. Both vessels are insured. Present indications are that the case will be brought into court. The damage to the Snow Bird is about $300, while the damage to the Seaton is not so much.
Capt. Charles W. Howard of the schooner L. Seaton, which hails from Rochester and is owned by A.J. Armstrong of that city, swore out a civil warrant before justice Blair for the arrest of Capt. Andrew Beard of the Snow Bird, on which he may be committed to jail until trial can be had, unless he furnishes bail, he not being a citizen of the United States. Capt. Howard alleged that his vessel is damaged to the extent of about $200, the result of unskillful management by Capt. Beard and his crew.