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S. V. R. Watson (Bark), U22284, sunk by collision, 1 Jul 1874


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We learn by private dispatches that the bark S.V.R. WATSON and prop. W.H. BARNUM collided near Pt. Pelee Saturday night. Both vessels were damaged, that received by the WATSON being very serious. She sunk soon after the collision in 30 ft. of water. Her cargo consisted of 32,000 bu. corn, which was consigned to Bruce & Chambers of this city. The bark WATSON was owned by W.H. Ingram of this city. She was valued at $35,000, and insured for $20,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 6, 1874 3-6

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About 9 o'clock Saturday evening when a short distance this side of Point Pelee, Lake Erie, the steam barge W.H. BARNUM, with the schooner THOMAS W. FERRY in tow, bound up, collided with the bark S.V.R. WATSON, bound down with a cargo of 32,500 bu. corn for Buffalo, sinking her in about 28 feet of water.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, July 7, 1874

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The statement that the Coast Wrecking Co. would have the task of raising the bark S.V.R. WATSON was premature. No arrangement has yet been entered into but Captain Jack Rice and John Robertson of Buffalo, arrived at Detroit Wednesday and will probably consumate arrangements today, for the rescue of the wreck.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 10, 1874 3-4

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The wreck of the bark S.V.R. WATSON, which was sunk last week by the prop. BARNUM, lies directly in the course of steam vessels and the following description of her location may be of service. She lies about 3/4 of a mile this side of Pt. Pelee light, the light bearing N.E. 1/4 E. from the wreck. Downward bound vessels will find it safest to leave the wreck on the port side. The WATSON shows her topmast, foretop and part of her foremast. Her mainmast is visible but is broken in two. She lies in 28 ft. of water.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 10, 1874 3-5

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Arrangements having been perfected for the raising of the bark WATSON, sunk at Point au Pelee some 10 days since, the Coast Wrecking Co. having the work in hand, started out yesterday morning, taking for that purpose 2 barge pontoons, the schr. H.W. JOHNSON and the tug RESCUE. The placing of the pontoons in position, with favorable weather, can be accomplished in a few hours time, when the finale of the job may be virtually considered as complete aside from towing her into port.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 16, 1874 3-4

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The officers of the stm. PACIFIC report on their passage up Saturday evening , nothing could be seen of the wrecked bark S.V.R. WATSON and no lights were displayed. The conclusion was that she had been raised, but up to midnight Saturday she had not arrived at this port. - Detroit Post.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 20, 1874 3-5

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As was expected, the attempt to raise the bark S.V.R. WATSON, sunk at Pt. au Pelee, has been given up. She lies imbedded 3 to 4 ft. in soft mud or clay, and in a sort of quicksand. It is stated that as fast as they tug it away in order to get chains under the hull the sand would quickly fill up again.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 7, 1874 3-4

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The latest information credits the report of the raising of the bark WATSON. The captain of the schr. DAN MARBLE passed there Tuesday morning and saw her under Pt. Pelee Island, in tow of a tug. The cost of repairing her will doubtless be heavy, and 2 of the insurance agents interested in her, says an exchange, expressed regrets a few days since that any contract had been let to raise her. She will need some caulking before she starts for this port.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 13, 1874 3-5

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      The barge S.V.R. WATSON, which was sunk by collision at Point au Pelee on the night of July 4th and afterwards go up by the Coast Wrecking Co., has met with another serious accident which will doubtless terminate her career. She was repaired at Pidgeon Bay sufficiently tp get her to Buffalo and while enroute she went ashore neat Port Burwell and is full of water.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, August 21, 1874

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Bark S.V.R. WATSON, collided with Propeller W.H. BARNUM at Point au Pelee, sunk and virtually a total loss with a cargo of corn. July 1874. Loss, hull $28,000 cargo $22,000.
      Casualty List for 1874
      Chicago Inter-Ocean, Dec. 25, 1874

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It is reported that the schooner WATSON is at Port Burwell all right.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, August 25, 1874

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      The bark S.V.R. WATSON it seems is destined to remain idle during the balance of the season. A letter from Buffalo says: "The WATSON is about used up, and is still where the Coast Wrecking Co. left her. She lies on the bottom at Black Rock, and unless something is done soon will become utterly demoralized."
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      September 14, 1874

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      The wreck of the bark WATSON has been towed up from Black Rock and now lies in Erie Basin where she will probably remain until finally disposed of by the underwriters.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 22, 1874 3-5



Bark S.V.R. WATSON. U. S. No. 22284. Of 515,80 tons. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871
     


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Reason: sunk by collision
Hull damage: $28,000
Cargo: $22,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Raised & repaired
Date of Original:
1874
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McN.W.11158
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
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William R. McNeil
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S. V. R. Watson (Bark), U22284, sunk by collision, 1 Jul 1874