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Van Straubenzie (Schooner), C75632, collision, 26 May 1879

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The Detroit Free Press of Yesterday gives the following particulars of the collision of the tow of the tug CASTLE, and the schooner ALLEGHANY:-
The tug CASTLE passed here at 11:40 Monday night with the schooners HALSTEAD,
T. PARSONS, VAN STRAUBENZIE, E. BLAKE and LILLIE HAMILTON in tow. At that time the large schooner ALLEGHANY, of the Anchor Line, had come into the channel near
the Canadian shore about opposite Twenty-Second Street. As the two neared the ALLEGHANY the Captain of the CASTLE steered between her and the Canadian shore.
Although running very near the ALLEGHANY, the tug, as well as the schooners HALSTEAD and PARSONS escaped injury. The other schooners, however, collided with the ALLEGHANY, carrying away the latter's head-gear, jib-boom and bowsprit causing her to leak some. The injury to the STRAUBENZIE, if any, was not ascertained. The HAMILTON lost her main-mast, her topsail-year is broken, eighteen stanchions on the starboard side are broken in, her chain plates injured and her foresail is torn. The BLAKE's mizzen-shroud was carried away, and she had other minor injuries. The entire loss resulting from the collision is estimated at about $3,000, and of this sum probably the HAMILTON can hardly be towed to Kingston and be made as good as before for less than $1,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, May 29, 1879

Bark SIR C.T. VAN STRAUBENZIE, official Canadian No. 75632. Built St. Catharines, Ont. 1875. Home port, St. Catharines. 127.7 x 26.2 x 13. Of 317 tons reg. Owned by John Williams, Toronto. Ont.
      List of Canadian Vessels, 1905
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Damage slight
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
William R. McNeil
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Van Straubenzie (Schooner), C75632, collision, 26 May 1879