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Brunswick (Propeller), collision, 26 Aug 1853


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Wednesday evening the stmr. WISCONSIN was run into by the prop. BRUNSWICK, one mile to the east of West Sister Light. The WISCONSIN was bound to this place from Toledo; and the propeller running for Toledo, struck the steamer in her bows, causing her to sink in 5 minutes. No lives were lost, as the crew of the WISCONSIN were all taken aboard the BRUNSWICK, which was comparatively unhurt. The WISCONSIN was owned, 3/4 by Capt. T.J. Titus and 1/4 by Geo. Davis, of Buffalo, and was running in the Sandusky and Buffalo Stock Line. Her worth is estimated at about $15,000. She will, of course, prove a total loss, though the engine, which is a very fine one, may be recovered. A partial insurance, by the Buffalo Company, covers much of the loss.
      Sandusky Commercial Register
      August 16, 1853 3-1

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      Steamer WISCONSIN, sunk by collision with Propeller BRUNSWICK, near the West Sisters, Lake Erie. Property loss $8,000
      Buffalo Express
      January 2, 1854 (1853 casualty list)

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The Steamer WISCONSIN was run into about twelve o'clock on Wednesday by the
propeller BRUNSWICK, near the West Sister Light, and sunk in five minutes in 45 feet water. No lives lost.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, August 26, 1853

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      Wednesday evening the steamer WISCONSIN was run into by the propeller BRUNSWICK, one mile to the east of West Sister Light. The WISCONSIN was bound to Sandusky from Toledo, and the propeller running for Toledo, struck the steamer in her bows, causing her to sink in five minutes. No lives were lost, as the crew of the WISCONSIN were all taken aboard the BRUNSWICK, which was comparatively unhurt.
The Sandusky Register says, the WISCONSIN was owned, three-fourths by Capt. T.J. Titus and one-fourth by Geo. Davis of Buffalo, and was running in the Sandusky and Buffalo Stock Line. her worth is estimated at about $15,000. She will, of course, prove a total loss, though the engine, which is a very fine one, may be recovered. A partial insurance, by a Buffalo company, covers much of the loss.
Capt. Hayes, of the WISCONSIN, arrived in town yesterday, and he says the night was clear, and he saw the propeller, while she was yet at some distance, but without the least alarm. As she approached, however, he began to regard her proximity as dangerous, and consequently stopped the boat. he thinks the collision occurred through the misinterpretation of an order by the helmsman.
The WISCONSIN had no freight on board beyond her fuel and supplies.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, August 27, 1853

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We had the pleasure of conversing with Capt. Hayes yesterday, who informs us that the collision took place as stated by telegraph, but that no lives were lost, as had been reported. The night was clear, and the Captain saw the propeller, while she was yet at some distance, but without the least alarm. As she approached, however, he began to regard her proximity as dangerous, and consequently stopped the boat. He thinks the collision occurred through the misinterpretation of an order by the helmsman. The WISCONSIN had no freight on
board, beyond her fuel and supplies. She was owned by Capt. Titus and George Davis, and was partially insured. - Buffalo Express, Sat.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer, speaking of the collision, says:
"The WISCONSIN, was owned by Capt. T.J. Titus, and George Davis, of Buffalo, and was partialy insured. She is a total loss, though her engine may be recovered. She ran in the Sandusky and Buffalo Stock Line."
      Detroit Free Press
      Monday, August 29, 1853

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The steamer WISCONSIN, wrecked a short time since near West Sister Island, will be sold at auction on Monday next.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, September 20, 1853

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      We are favored by Capt. Newton of West Sister Island Lighthouse, with the following item respecting the discovery of the wreck of the WISCONSIN, which as our readers may remember, was sunk by a collision some 4 years ago. Mr. Quigley the submarine inspector has, it seems, discovered the hull. He reports it lying S. and by W. 1/4 W. from Middle Sister Island; and S.E. by E. and 1/2 E. from West Sister Light in 35 ft. of water, with a heavy list aport, lying heavily on her guard. Most of her bulwarks and main decks are torn off; her large anchor and chain were on her starboard side, and her small anchor hanging at her starboard bow. Her arches are entirely gone.
      Mr. Quigley is now busily engaged in raising such parts of her tackle and machinery as is worth saving, and has already succeeded in getting up both her anchors and chains and will be engaged at the wreck for some days longer. It will be remembered that Mr. Quigley was the chief engineer in getting up the American Express Co.'s safe from the wreck of the ATLANTIC, last summer, one of the best submarine operations ever performed. - Toledo Blade, 15th.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 19, 1857 2-6

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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1853
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McN.W.15040
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English
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William R. McNeil
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Brunswick (Propeller), collision, 26 Aug 1853