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Java (Propeller), U75388, collision, 9 May 1873

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The iron prop. JAVA bound from the upper lake ports for Buffalo, collided with the schr. CAPE HORN, while off Long Pt. The CAPE HORN was bound up light. She immediately filled with water and fell over on her side. The woman cook, named Esther Jacob, was drowned. She belonged in Toledo and was about 21 years old. When the collision occurred the crew jumped on board the JAVA, excepth the captain, who got jammed aft by the collision. When he got clear he got the cook upon the wales of the propelller, holding on to the chains. The mate of the propeller got down and got a line around her, when the propeller backed off letting the fore gaft of the schooner strike her, knocking her off into the water and she was drowned. The captain ran aft and got into the yawl boat, which was full of water, and remained there until picked up. The crew was brought here by the JAVA. The CAPE HORN was owned by Capt. Ben Eyster, of Chicago. She was 214 tons register, and built at Huron, Ohio, 1857; class B1; valued at $7,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 10, 1873 3-5

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      Buffalo, May 10 - The propeller JAVA from the Upper Lakes collided with the schr. CAPE HORN off Long Point, Lake Erie. The schooner sank. The cook, Esther Jacobs, was drowned. The CAPE HORN was owned in Chicago.
      The Toronto Mail
      Friday, May 12, 1873

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The schooner CAPE HORN Friday night collided with the propeller JAVA off Long Point. The schooner immediately sank, the cook being lost.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, May 13, 1873

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      Judge Blodgett yesterday decided the case of Benjamin Eyster and others, owners of the schooner CAPE HORN, against the propeller JAVA. On the 9th of May, 1873, a collision took place between the schooner CAPE HORN and the propeller off Long Point, Lake Erie. The schooner was struck amidships, and, going to the bottom almost immediately, proved a total loss. The owners of the sailing vessel alleged that the accident was due to the carelessness of the master of the JAVA, and that her owners were liable for the damages sustained. On the other hand, the owners of the JAVA said there was a heavy fog at the time, and that the propeller was, therefore, not liable. The court held that the collision was through the fault of the propeller, and directed Commissioner Proudfoot to take evidence relating to the amount of damage, and libel the propeller for the amount when it is ascertained.
      Cleveland Herald
      May 10, 1877

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Java (Propeller), U75388, collision, 9 May 1873