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Dawn (Schooner), sunk by collision, 21 Oct 1859

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Schooner DAWN, Capt. Gibson and the propeller NEW YORK, collided last Friday, 21st. October at 6 A.M. about 12 miles from Port Stanley, on the Canadian shore. The DAWN was struck just forward of her cabin and cut down to the water's edge, and sunk in less than ten minutes. Owned by Capt. Gibson, Walldorf and Sterling of Monroe.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 26, 1859

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      COLLISION. - On Friday morning, about 6 o'clock, the schooner DAWN, Captain Gibson, and the propeller NEW YORK, of the Dunkirk and Toledo line of the New York and Erie Railroad, collided about 12 miles above Port Stanley on the Canada shore. The DAWN sunk in ten minutes, without saving anything. The crew was taken to Dunkirk on the NEW YORK.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, October 25, 1859

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      HEAVY DAMAGES. - At the recent term of the Admirality Court in Cleveland, the case of the collision of the propeller NEW YORK and the schooner DAWN, the court found that the management of the schooner DAWN was without fault, and the incompetency of the propeller in charge, and her mismanagement occasioned the collision and loss of the vessel. The value of the DAWN is found to be $2,000, and degree rendered for the libelants for that amount.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, March 19, 1860

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COLLISION ON THE LAKE. -- LOSS OF THE SCHOONER DAWN. -- A collision occurred on thge lake last Friday morning about 9 o'clock, between the schooner DAWN, Capt. Gibson, and the propeller NEW YORK, of the Dunkirk and Toledo Line of the new York and Erei railroad. The DAWN was bound up to Monroe, in ballast, and was run into by the NEW YORK, about 12 miles above Port Stanley, on the Canada shore. She was struck just forward of the cabin and cut down below the water's edge, so that she sank in less than ten minutes, the crew barely having time to escape, without saving anything. The depth of water at which she went down was about ten fathoms. The crew were taken on board the propeller NEW YORK and brought to Dunkirk, from where the Captain reached this city on Saturday.
      The schooner DAWN was owned by Captain Gibson, and Messrs. Waldron & Sterling, of Monroe. There was no insurance upon her, and the loss falls heavily upon the captain.
      The blame of the accident is ascribed by Capt. Gibson to the officers of the propeller, who undertook to run across the bow of the vessel. Together with the other owners, he intends to bring suit against the owners of the NEW YORK for indemnity for the loss of the vessel, and is quite confident of recovering. So says the Express of this morning.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      October 24, 1859

DAWN Schooner 202 tons. Built Milan, sunk by collision Lake Erie 1859. Five lives lost
      'Hist., of the Great Lakes' pp. 683
      by Mansfield

DAWN, Schooner of Monroe 202 tons. Built Milan Ohio, I847
One deck -Two masts -Scroll figure-head
I05' x 20' 4 X 8' II"
Master-William Harlow (I855)
Owned by F. Walldorf of Monroe County, Michigan
      Port of Detroit Enrollment
      No. 35 of 1855

"The Captain of the propeller RACINE reports seeing a fore-an-aft schooner capsized, about IO miles off Port Stanley, C. W. with her top masts and main cross trees out of water. She had gilt balls on the top-mast head.
The schooner STAR OF HOPE, of Clayton was at her and took from her the main gaff topsail, halyards, and main
peak halyard blocks. -Detroit Advertiser-
      Buffalo Courier
      Wed. Morning, Oct. 26, I859

Schr. DAWN, Gibson, Monroe 40,000 feet Lumber, Scrathani,
      60,000 feet lumber, 24 pkgs. spokes, Mixer & Smith.
      IO Bbls., flour, B. Woods.
      Cleared - Oct. II
Schr. DAWN, Gibson, Monroe
      Buffalo Courier
      Oct. I3th. I859

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 5
Hull damage: $2,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.66679 Longitude: -81.21644
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Dawn (Schooner), sunk by collision, 21 Oct 1859