The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Brooklyn (Schooner), collision, 16 Aug 1878

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THE "CITY OF DETROIT" DAMAGED. - About 1 o'clock yesterday a sudden, fierce squall passed over the city. At the time the CITY OF DETROIT was lying at her dock, foot of Shelby Street, and the schooner BROOKLYN was anchored in the stream, about one-third the distance over and directly abreast the steamer. When the wind was at its height the schooner commenced to drag its anchor, and did not stop until shr brought up against the DETROIT, head on, with sufficient force to break her jibboom short off near the end of the bowsprit. The DETROIT had one of her wooden life-boats smashed, a crane post broken, a copper blow-off pipe badly bent, beside sustaining injuries to her joiner work, in all amounting to about $200. She will not be detained from making her regular trips, however. Until the boats came together, not a soal was to be seen on the schooner. The crew were all below except the captain, who was on shore. The BROOKLYN was taken to the Detroit dry dock, where a new jibboom will be got out. She came here to load wheat for Buffalo.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Saturday, August 17, 1878

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
William R. McNeil
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Brooklyn (Schooner), collision, 16 Aug 1878