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Maria Martin (Bark), U16433, collision, 22 Jun 1866

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MARIA MARTIN Bark, damaged by collision with Propeller CLEVELAND, near Detroit River, June 1866. Property loss $200.
      Casualty List for 1866---Buffalo
      Commercial Advertiser, Feb. 26, 1867

The Propeller CLEVELAND, of the Northern Transportation Co's Line, was sunk at the mouth of the Detroit River last night by colliding with the Bark MARTIN. The propeller was cut through and sunk in 10 minutes in 20 feet of water. The CLEVELAND will probably be raised. Since the above was written we have received the Detroit Post, which contains the following particulars of the disaster:- As the CLEVELAND, Captain W.H. Williams, bound for this city from Ogdensburg, with a large cargo of merchandise and about 80 passengers, neared the point above designated, a tug was seen ahead, which subsequently proved to be the McCLELLAN, with the MARIA MARTIN in tow. As the vessels were passing each other, the line by which the MARTIN was being towed broke, causing her to swing round and strike the propeller about midships on the port side. Being heavily loaded and under considerable head way, she struck the propeller with such force as to cause her to almost fill and sink within 10 minutes, in about 20 feet of water.
The passengers were all in bed at the time, and the crash of the timbers and the rush of the water awakened them only in time to permit their gathering the clothing immediately and positively requisite, and reach the deck in safety, where through the exertions of Captain Williams, the first mate, Mr. Burke, Chief Engineer, and James Richardson, Steward, they were transferred to the MARTIN, which at the time of the collision swung alongside.
      Six only were injured, and all save two, left at Malden for medical treatment, were subsequently transferred to the ILLINOIS and brought to this city. The two left at Malden were also brought up at a late hour yesterday on the PEARL
      Toledo Blade
      June 23, 1866

Schooner MARIA MARTIN. U. S. No. 16433. Of 568.45 tons gross; 540.03 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1866. Home port, Cleveland, O. 175.0 x 32.7 x 13.4
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: collision
Hull damage: $200
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.081944 Longitude: -83.125555
William R. McNeil
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Maria Martin (Bark), U16433, collision, 22 Jun 1866