The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Autocrat (Schooner), sunk by collision, 1 Aug 1866

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AUTOCRAT Schooner, cargo corn, sunk by collision with schooner NEWHOUSE on Lake Michigan, August 1866. Total loss. Property loss, hull $16,000 cargo $23,000
      Casualty List for 1866---Buffalo
      Commercial Advertiser, Feb. 26, 1867
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AUTOCRAT Schooner of 345 tons, owned at Buffalo by N. T. Company. Bound from Chicago to Buffalo, August 1866, sunk by collision on Lake Michigan with a cargo of 10,000 bushels of grain. Vessel and cargo a total loss. Loss to ship $16,000 insurance $12,500
Loss to cargo $23,500 insurance on cargo $19,500
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
      1863-1873 U. S. Coast Guard Report

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      THE SCHOONER AUTOCRAT SUNK. - This fine vessel was run into on Saturday; when a few miles out from Chicago, by the schooner J.S. NEWHOUSE, and shortly afterwards sunk. She had a cargo of 16,000 bushels of corn, and was insured in the Western of Buffalo and Security Insurance Campanies.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 7, 1866

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      Capt. Farquhar having secured a good contract for wrecking on the Mississippi, has given up the project of raising the sunken schr. AUTOCRAT for the present, and placed the wrecking schr. RINGGOLD out of commission. The RINGGOLD is 20 years old. - Milwaukee Sentinel
      Detroit Free Press
      July 22, 1867

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Reason: sunk by collision
Hull damage: $16,000
Cargo: $23,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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Autocrat (Schooner), sunk by collision, 1 Aug 1866