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Sophia Minch (Schooner), U115166, collision, 4 Oct 1905

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Detroit, Oct. 6. - The Tomlisaon steamer SAXONA nearly knocked the bow off the schooner SOPHIA MINCH near Hurly's coal dock Wednesday night. The entire bow is smashed in below the water line, and only the cargo of lumber saved the boat from going down. The SAXONA proceeded after the collision, and is not believed to be seriously damaged.
      The BADGER STATE was coming down with the MINCH in tow, and was rounding to when the schooner was hit by the SAXONA, bound up. Temporary patches were slapped on, and the vessel left for Buffalo. Capt. James Sheahan had nearly closed a deal for selling the MINCH to H.N. Loud of Oscoda, who recently purchased the BADGER STATE.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 6, 1905

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Schooner SOPHIA MINCH. U. S. No. 115166. Of 635.57 tons gross; 603.80 tons net. Built Vermillion, O., 1873. Home port, Cleveland, O. 184.0 x 33.0 x 13.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
William R. McNeil
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Sophia Minch (Schooner), U115166, collision, 4 Oct 1905