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Nimrod (Schooner), U18773, sunk by collision, 1 Nov 1874

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NIMROD Schooner, total loss, cargo corn, by collision with schooner MICHIGAN on Lake Erie, November 1874. Property loss, hull $40,000, cargo $30,000
      Casualty List for 1874
      Chicago Inter-Ocean, Dec. 25, 1874

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The new schr. NIMROD collided yesterday morning with the new schr. MICHIGAN, off Port Stanley and sunk in 80 ft. of water. She had on 37,000 bu. corn, consigned to Bruce & Chambers and March & Sternberg. The NIMROD was valued at $40,000, and owned by Milan parties. She was insured for $20,000. The cargo was fully insured. The MICHIGAN was not injured. The crew of the NIMROD went ashore in a small boat and were taken to Port Colborne by the bark GRANTHAM. The captain reports that the MICHIGAN never stopped to see if any help was wanted.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 10, 1874 3-35

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It appears that the schrs. MICHIGAN and NIMROD, in their late collision on Lake Erie, did not see each other until they were only about 40 rods apart. It was early morning, dark and smoky at the time, and the wonder is that the collision was not more serious than it was. The NIMROD was struck a glancing blow, which the captain of the MICHIGAN, supposing to be no greater than he sustained, passed on. It is doubtful if he could have found the NIMROD had he tried, for the vessels were almost immediately out of sight of each other in the smoke and darkness. From the time of sighting the NIMROD until the collision was little more than 15 seconds. - Detroit Post
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 14, 1874 3-5

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Capt. Wilcoxson, late master of the schr. NIMROD, sunk in Lake Erie by collision last Sunday week, has arrived in Detroit to effect some arrangements with wrecking parties for the recovery of the vessel the present season. She lies in 6 fathoms of water, her spars well out, and with favorable weather there seems no doubt of her recovery. If abandoned until another season her destruction will be complete.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 17, 1874 3-5

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The work of dismantling the sunken schr. NIMROD, sunk by collision with the schr. MICHIGAN, has been concluded. The hull and cargo are irrecoverable.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      December 1, 1874 3-6

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Captain Nickerson, of Cleveland, is on his way to Duncan City to look after the schooner GRENADA, which lies there sunk alongside of the dock. This vessel will be raised at once and towed to the river for repairs. It is probable that an effort will be made during the summer to raise the schooner NIMROD, which was sunk near Port Stanley in the fall of 1874 by the schooner MICHIGAN. The owners of the vessel and the insurance interests will probably combine.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, May 22, 1876

Schooner NIMROD. U. S. No. 18773. Of 559 tons gross. Built Toledo, Ohio, 1873, by Bailey Bros. 172.3 x 31.4 x 13.4 Three masts.
      Herman Runge List
Schooner NIMROD. U. S. No. 18773. Of 559.31 tons gross. Home port, Milan, Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1876

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Reason: sunk by collision
Hull damage: $40,000
Cargo: $30,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Nimrod (Schooner), U18773, sunk by collision, 1 Nov 1874