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Dolphin (Schooner), sunk by collision, 1 Sep 1842

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The equinoctial storm, which has been unusually cold and tempestous, seems to have spent its force without materially injuring the shipping. A few incidents only are noticed. The schr. M. HELME lost some of her light spars and sprung her foremast, and the M. FREME was overtaken when off Erie Light by a thick squall and ran into some strange craft. She was struck on the larboard quarter, but having a heavy deck load of pork, suffered no loss save the yawl, which was probably untackled and lost in the collision. As a large fleet was out, our first advices from the west end of the lake will doubtlessly bring us further disasters.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 22, 1842

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ANOTHER COLLISION ON THE LAKE. -- The schooner DOLPHIN, bound down, came in collision with another vessel bound up, night before last, about five miles above this port, which caused her to spring a leak and take water faster than the pumps would discharge. She was steered for the beacon light under the lee of the island, and in rounding-to careened over. Her crew escaped in the small boat. She was laden with wheat, flour and whiskey, which will most probably be a total loss, she now lies with her keel up. We have not learned whether the other vessel received any injury.
      Erie Gazette
      September 22, 1842

The gale as we expected, was destructive at points west of us. From a gentleman attached to the NEW ENGLAND we learn, that the schooner which ran foul of the M. FREME, proved to be the DOLPHIN, McCloy, master, of Cleveland. The injuries sustained by the DOLPHIN were of such a nature as to cause her to leak very fast, but she was kept afloat long enough to reach the outward pier at Erie where she went down. Her crew were safely taken off.
The DOLPHIN loaded at Cleveland with 800 bu of wheat, 400 barrels Flour, 50 casks whiskey and a quantity of butter and cheese consigned to Messrs. Gelson & Evans of this city. Her cargo being of a perishable nature will of course suffer materially. Our informant also states, that there were 20 vessels at Erie during the gale, and that a man named Aaron J. Balcom, was lost overboard from the schr. NORTH CAROLINA.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 23, 1871

The schooner DOLPHIN, through the assistance of the Revenue Cutter, has been righted and brought in to the dock. She had loaded at Cleveland with 800 bushels of wheat, 400 barrels of flour, 50 casks of whiskey, and a quantity of butter and cheese consigned to Messrs. Gelston & Evans of Buffalo. The wheat sells readilt to farmers at 15ct per bushel - the flour is damaged about 25 per cent, and the casks of whiskey, which was on deck, came ashore during the gale and was partly picked up before being dashed to staves. $150 will probably repair al damage to the vessel.
The schooner with which the DOLPHIN came in collision is ascertained to be the MARGARET FREME, and was not injured.
      Erie Gazette
      Thursday, Sept. 29, 1842

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat, flour, &c.
Remarks: Raised
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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Dolphin (Schooner), sunk by collision, 1 Sep 1842