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Maria F. Johnson (Schooner), U16457, collision, 1 Sep 1866

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MARIA F. JOHNSON Schooner, cargo salt, collided with schooner LIVELY, off Sheboygan, September 1866. Property loss, hull $5,000. Cargo $2,000
      Casualty List for 1866
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      February. 25, 1867

      COLLIDED AND SUNK. - We learn by a despatch to the Board of Lake Underwriters that the schooner LIVELY and the schooner MARIA F. JOHNSON collided on the night of the 17th inst., when off Sheboygan. The JOHNSON, laden with coal, was sunk, her crew all escaping to the schooner LIVELY.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 20, 1866

MARIA F. JOHNSON Schooner of 287 Tons, owned at Detroit by Jos. Miner. Bound from Buffalo to Detroit, was damaged by collision on Lake Erie, September 1866. Loss to ship $800 insurance $500 Loss to cargo, none.
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
      1863-1873 U. S. Coast Guard Report

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COLLISION. - The schooner MARIA F. JOHNSON, which was reported sunk yesterday by collision with the schooner LIVELY off Sheboygan, has drifted ashore. The schooner LIVELY was not much damaged.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 21, 1866

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      COLLISION - Further Particulars. - The schooner MARIA F. JOHNSON, that collided with the schooner LIVELY, on Sunday last, drifted ashore soon after the collision, about 9 miles south of Manitowoc. She had on board 2,200 bbls. salt, from Saginaw for Chicago. The schooner LIVELY was damaged about $2,000. Her bows are stove in and her bowsprit and jib-boom were carried away and rail covering boards and main-sail gone, besides having her fore-boom broken and other small injuries. The tug GEORGE W. WOOD will as soon as the weather permits go with steam pumps to get the JOHNSON off. Each vessel was insured for $8,000. - Detroit Free Press, 20th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 22, 1866

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      SCHOONER M.F. JOHNSON. - The account of which has appeared in the papers relative to the disaster which happened to this vessel on Lake Michigan, a short time since, we are assured by her owner, cast undue censure on her captain, who, it is averred, did all that was possible under the circumstances for the safety of both vessel and cargo. The accident took place about 2 o'clock in the morning, and during extreme darkness and a violent gale. The shock to both vessels was a severe one, so much so that the JOHNSON was cut down on her port quarter, causing the water to rush in with much force. Her captain, hearing the rush of water in the hold, became satisfied that but a short time could elapse ere she must go down, and accordingly, with his crew, sought refuge on board the other vessel. The JOHNSON had her sails up, and being not far from shore, was but a short time in reaching there, when she sank. Had she been a mile or two further from the land, she would have undoubtedly have gone to the bottom. - Detroit Free Press, 2nd.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, October 4, 1866

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      The schooner MARIA JOHNSON, of Detroit, which collided with the schooner LIVELY some time since, on Lake Michigan, has been in this port undergoing repairs. She departs today for Buffalo, with a cargo of wheat. - Chicago Tribune, 19th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, October 22, 1866

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Reason: collision
Hull damage: $5,000
Cargo: $2,000
Freight: salt
Remarks: Repaired
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    Latitude: 43.75083 Longitude: -87.71453
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Maria F. Johnson (Schooner), U16457, collision, 1 Sep 1866