The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Iowa (Schooner), sunk by collision, 1 Aug 1840

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The stm. ERIE, Capt. Titus, which left this port on Sunday evening, ran foul of and sunk the schr. IOWA, the same night when a few miles west of Dunkirk. The IOWA was in ballast and bound for Huron, was owned by Mr. Colvin, and insured for $1,000 at an office in this city. Capt. Pattersom and his crew were saved and taken to Erie. ( 2-2 )
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 4, 1840

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We understand that when about six miles out of Dunkirk, the schooner IOWA, Capt. Patterson, was run down by the ERIE, and immediately sunk. The crew were all saved. The IOWA had no laden on board, and no blame is attached to the captain of the ERIE. ---- Detroit Adv.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Tuesday, August 6, 1840 p.3 col.1

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The schr. MARTHA FREME arrived this morning with part of her rigging and stanchions carried away, in consequence of a collision with the brig INDIANA last night, while off Pt. Abino. Both vessels were injured considerably and remained with their rigging entangled together for nearly an hour. The brig lost her bowsprit.
      These collisions have become so frequent of late that they call for special notice, and are without doubt the result of carelessness. Every vessel is bound to carry a light in some conspicuous part of her rigging. This done, they could recover, lawfully, all damages sustained by collisions, but not otherwise. A few days since the IOWA was run down, and sunk, and subsequently went to pieces. Although insured in part, it is doubtful if the owners can recover in consequence of the omission to fulfill this important part of the contract.
      The frivolous pretext set up by ship masters, that a light is a target for steamboats, will not avail them when they make application for the recovery of damages. (2-1)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 28, 1840

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
William R. McNeil
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Iowa (Schooner), sunk by collision, 1 Aug 1840