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Bahama (Schooner), U2380, collision, 1 Sep 1874

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Schooner BAHAMA, damaged by collision on Lake Erie with schooner E.P. RYERSE, September 1874. Property loss $300. The RYERSE with a cargo of stone, sunk and became a total loss
      Casualty List for 1874
      Chicago Inter-Ocean, Dec. 25, 1874

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      Yesterday morning near 5:00, about 7 miles southwest of Dunkirk, a collision occurred between the schr. BAHAMA and the E.P. RYERSE, both bound up, resulting in the sinking of the latter vessel, within an hour after the collision. The BAHAMA was standing to the northward and westward, and the RYERSE to the southward and westward. The RYERSE was struck by the BAHAMA on the port quarter, cutting her down below the transom. It is conceded that the RYERSE had the right of way. The BAHAMA was injured some, her
bowsprit being split and her bob-stays gone, requiring repairs for which she returned to Buffalo, with the captain and crew of the RYERSE on board. The BAHAMA is owned by Philo Bemis, of this city. She had on board 100 tons of coal for Chicago. Mr. John Boylan, of Cleveland is reported owner of the RYERSE, which is valued at $6,000; insured for $4,000. Her load was paving stone for Cleveland. Both vessel captains entered protest on arrival at this port yesterday forenoon.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 23, 1874 4-7

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      The schr. RYERSE and BAHAMA both bound up, collided about 8 miles southwest of Dunkirk Monday morning, the former sinking in about an hour after the accident. The RYERSE was struck on the port quarter, cutting her down to the waters edge. The bowsprit and headgear of the BAHAMA were carried away. The RYERSE is owned by Mr. John Boyland of Cleveland, and is valued at $6,000, and insured for $3,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 23, 1874 3-4

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      The schr. RYERSE which is said to have been unlucky in many respects, was sunk by the schr. BAHAMA about 8 miles above Dunkirk at an early hour Monday evening. They were both bound up the lakes and by some means collided and the RYERSE sank in an hour thereafter. The BAHAMA took the men of the ill-fated schooner and returned them safe to this port. The RYERSE was loaded with paving stone and was owned by John Borland. The other schooner was going up with 100 tons of coal in ballast and was owned by Philo Bemis, She lost her head gear and bowsprit and sustained some other damage.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 23, 1874 4-2

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      Nothing of interest occurred until when off Dunkirk, wind south sailing about south west by west by the wind. Cloudy weather, saw a vessel about 2 points on our lee bow, standing in shore. We judged heading about south east by east. We being on the port tack and the other vessel on the starboard tack. The mate ordered the wheelsman to put the wheel hard up. After putting the wheel hard up, slacked the main sheets up in order to go under the stern of the other vessel. From the time we put the wheel hard up we were off 5 points, and did not shift our helm. At about 15 minutes after 4 oÆclock, and on the 22nd September struck her on her quarter, as she lay still, and the ???? shaking. Her wheelsman having abadnoned her helm. The captain announced that the vessel was sinking - took off the crew and then discerned the name of the vessel to be the sch. E.P. RYERSE. Came back to Buffalo arriving here at 10:00 A.M. Sept. 22, 1874.

(Protest filed by Capt. Thomas Burch of the schr. BAHAMA after colliding with the schr. E.P. RYERSE.)

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      The schr. BAHAMA was yesterday libeled on account of the sinking of the schr. RYERSE in the sum of $7,100 for the vessel and $700 for the cargo of stone.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 25, 1874 4-9

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Schooner BAHAMA. U. S. No. 2380. Of 333.13 tons gross; 316.50 tons net. Built Oswego, N.Y., 1863. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 136.2 x 26.1 x 12.8
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
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Bahama (Schooner), U2380, collision, 1 Sep 1874