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Herald (Propeller), U61138, sunk by collision, 27 Jul 1873

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On Thursday morning at 3:00 last the samll Canadian stmb. HERALD was sunk off Forester, Lake Huron, by collision with the barge DUNKIRK, bound up. The mate of the HERALD, David Therber, was knocked overboard and was drowned. The balance of the crew were saved. The HERALD was crossing the lake with a cargo of tanbark, and the DUNKIRK was bound for Saginaw. The latter was able to continue her trip.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 28, 1873 3-5

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The stmb. HERALD, which was sunk by a collision with the prop. DUNKIRK in Lake Huron on Thursday, has had a somewhat unfortunate career since she was first commissioned. She was formerly the JENNIE BRISCOE, and was built at Detroit in 1869. During the season following she came in collision with the prop. FREE STATE, which sunk her, and her captain was drowned, all of which took place in the Detroit River. The charge which in this instance has been attributed to the DUNKIRK is altogether untimely and uncalled for. The captain of the DUNKIRK is a practical seaman of large experience, and at the time of the unfortunate occurrence his lights were buring and in good trim, and his steamer governed strictly in accordance with nautical rules.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 27, 1873

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The small stm. HERALD, that was waterlogged on Lake Huron by collision with the barge DUNKIRK, was towed into Port Huron on Friday.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 30, 1873 3-4

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The body of mate Thorburn, who was drowned from the barge HERALD, was washed ashore at Lexington on Sunday.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 14, 1873 3-4

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David Thorburn, a brother to Captain James was born May 8, 1842 Kingarth Parish, Isle of Bute, Scotland died July 24, 1873 Lake Huron, Ontario. David was first mate on the barge Herald when it collided with an American steamer off Sanilac, Michigan. According to the Huron Signal Wednesday July 30, 1873 issue, The steam barge Herald, owned and commanded by R. Hawley Junior of Goderich while proceeding to Detroit with a load of tan bark was run into and sunk by the steam barge Dunkirk, a short distance above Sarnia, early on Thursday morning last (July 24, 1873). The crew, with the exception of the mate, David Thorburn escaped. The unfortunate mate must have been knocked overboard by the collision as he was not seen after it occurred. After striking, the Herald was headed for the American shore and sunk, her bows being level with the water while her stern was about three feet under the surface. She lost about half her load. The damage she has sustained is not very serious and she has been raised and taken to Detroit for repairs. The total loss amounts to abut $1800, half of which will fall on the insurance companies.
      Courtesy of Sandra Williams

      Bulk propeller JENNIE BRISCOE.* U.S. No. 75203. Built at Detroit/Wyandotte, Mich., in 1870. Of 103 tons gross. 85.0 x 22.0 x 4.6.
      * Renamed HERALD - Canada - 1871 [ C 61138. ] DISPOSITION. -- Wrecked at Port Stanley, Ont., in 1883.
      Detroit/Wyandotte Hull Master List.
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Bowling Green, Ohio.

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    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
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Herald (Propeller), U61138, sunk by collision, 27 Jul 1873