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Monticello (Schooner), U90203, sunk by collision, 12 Sep 1884

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The schooner MONTICELLO was sunk by collision with the schooner JOHN T. MOTT of Oswego, near the Colchester Reef. The MONTICELLO was in service for 14 year and was of 316 tons burthen, both vessels sunk in 7 fathoms of water. No lives lost.
The MONTICELLO was recovered by the tug CHAMPION and towed into shoal water for recovery.
      Marine Record
      September 18, 1884

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      Schooner MONTICELLO. Home port, Detroit. On September 12, 1884 schooner damaged by collision at Colchester, Lake Erie; no cargo. Hull loss $3,100.
      Disasters to Lake Shipping, 1884
      Cleveland Herald
      November 28, 1884

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      The Schooner Lost In Gravelly Bay Is The C.B. BENSON for Toledo.
      The schooner sunk in Gravelly Bay is the C.B. BENSON, which left Buffalo Friday for Toledo. She had seven men on board, all of whom are drowned.
      Capt. D.W. Carter of Port Colborne telegraphs: "Tugs visited the wreck and she is loaded with coal. Her foremast is gone and the remaining topmasts are painted black. I believe it is the C.B. BENSON. Have just sent another tug with diver and will telegraph you later."
      No bodies have been found. Not a single body of the crew of nine men on the J.C. FINNEY, which went down last fall in the Bay, was ever recovered. The G.M. CASE, the MONTICELLO and E.P. DORR were lost near the same spot and only one man's body found.
      Captain Duff of the BENSON was one of the best known navigators in this county.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, October 18, 1893 p.1, c.1

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      Schooner MONTICELLO. U. S. No. 90203. Of 316 tons gross; 300 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1870. Home port, Port Huron 136.7 x 26.3 x 11.3
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $3,100
Freight: nil
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.933333 Longitude: -82.893055
William R. McNeil
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Monticello (Schooner), U90203, sunk by collision, 12 Sep 1884