The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Thomas Parsons (Schooner), U24666, collision, 13 Apr 1882

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About 2 o'clock this morning off Lakeport the schooner CLAYTON BELLEwas sun by a collision with the schooner T. PARSONS. Two were saved and four drowned. The BELLE went down almost immediately. The tug MOCKING BIRD arrived down just after the collision and rendered valuable assistance. The BELLE was built at Clayton by J. Oades in 1863.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, April 12, 1882
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      A telegram from Port Huron says the schr. THOMAS PARSONS collided with an unknown vessel on Lake Huron Tuesday night and sank her. The PARSONS put back to Port Huron minus her bowsprit and jobboom, leaking some. The PARSONS is owned by S.L. Watson of this city. Capt. George McLeod, with Messrs. Smith & Davis will go to Port Huron this evening to look after the PARSONS. Later advices state that the schooner sunk is the CLAYTON BELLE, coal laden, and owned by Merrick, Fowler & Co., Detroit.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      April 13, 1882 3-6

Schooner THOMAS PARSONS. U. S. No. 14666. Of 350.00 gross tons; 332.50 tons net. Built Charlotte, N.Y., 1868. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 135.0 x 26.0 x 13.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.11503 Longitude: -82.4902
William R. McNeil
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Thomas Parsons (Schooner), U24666, collision, 13 Apr 1882