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Samuel H. Foster (Schooner), U115150, collision, 4 Aug 1878

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VESSELS IN TROUBLE - - The following is from the Chicago Inter-Ocean and is dated at Milwaukee, August 4: The propeller JAMES FISK Jr. arrived here today somewhat out of shape on account of a collision with the schooner S.H. FOSTER, downward bound, about 12 miles from Thunder Bay Island, at 3 o'clock last Friday morning. The FOSTER came in contact with her at the after gangway, and with her jibboom raked off the engine-house, smoke-stack, both funnels and whistles, cutting into her upper works, and breaking a number of staunchions. While Capt. Bowie, of the FISK, was ordering down a small boat to examine the hull, a crane gave way and precipitated him into the boat. He struck upon his head and sustained a fracture of the skull, about an inch and a half long. The FOSTER remained with the FISK until daylight. She escaped with the loss of her bobstays. The mate of the FISK, John Byrnes, states that when the FOSTER was first seen she was right ahead with both lights in sight. The steamer's helm was ported so as to shut out the schooner's green light, but as they neared each other both lights were again visible, showing that the schooner had altered her course. The FISK's helm was put hard a-port and the FOSTER's hard a-starboard, the schooner jibing her sails so that her course was nearly that of the propeller. The collision occurred in clear weather. Capt. Bowie was taken ashore and left in the hospital at Mackinaw.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Tuesday, August 6, 1878

Schooner SAMUEL H. FOSTER. U. S. No. 115150. Of 672.66 tons gross; 639.03 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1873. Home port, Vermillion, O. 189.0 x 33.0 x 13.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Samuel H. Foster (Schooner), U115150, collision, 4 Aug 1878