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Arizona (Propeller), sunk by collision, 9 May 1873

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Detroit, May 8 - The propeller BLANCHARD from Buffalo for Chicago and the propeller ARAZONA from Sault Ste. Marie for Buffalo, collided today at noon at the head of the St. Clair Flats, the latter sinking in four fathoms, she was laden with flour and wheat.
      The Toronto Mail
      Friday, May 9, 1873

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The props. BLANCHARD and ARIZONA collided just above St. Clair Flats yesterday. The ARIZONA sunk in 2 1/2 fathoms of water. She had on board, loaded last fall, 26,000 bu. No. 1 Duluth wheat, on which there was insurance of $34,450 in various agencies in this city. There was $48,000 insured on the hull, also in the agencies in this city.
The ARIZONA was 870 tons burthen and built at Cleveland by Quayle & Martin in 1868. Owned by F.G. Gardner, of Chicago. Valued at $50,000; class A1.
Later - The collision occurred at 1:30 P.M. yesterday. The ARIZONA's bows are on the bank, the stern is in 21 ft. of water. There is water on her decks to within 30 ft. of her bows. The grain is all wet. The BLANCHARD was not hurt in the least.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 9, 1873 3-5

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The prop. ARIZONA has been raised and taken into shoal water. A rotary pump was required, which should not clog with grain. The tug SATELLITE was despatched from Detroit Tuesday evening with the rotary, and the propeller was expected to reach Detroit before this, in tow of the tug.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 16, 1873 3-4

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      the ARIZONA
Although this unfortunate boat has been raised and got into shallow water, it seems one extra pump was not sufficient to float her as securely as desired, and another had to be procured from Detroit, with which it was hoped the boat may be floated so as to be towed to Detroit without further delay.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 17, 1873 3-6

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Capt. Robinson reports the ARIZONA as arrived at Detroit on Saturday. A further delay was occassioned by the breaking of the new steam pump belonging to Chas. Leahy, of Detroit.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 19, 1873 3-5

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: flour, wheat
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Arizona (Propeller), sunk by collision, 9 May 1873