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John T. Mott (Schooner), U75157, 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 years 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

NOTE. - The JOHN T. MOTT is still in service and listed in the 1894 Merchant Vessel list of that year.

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Schooner J.T. MOTT. Home port, Oswego. On September 12, 1884 schooner sank off Colchester, Lake Erie, cargo of coal. Total loss. Cargo loss $2,800. Hull loss $10,200. Insurance $20,960.
      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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Detroit -- The wrecking steamer INTERNATIONAL has for a few days past been recovering the outfit of the sunken schooner JOHN T. MOTT, and brought it to this city. The vessel will doubtless remain where she is and be given up as a total loss.
      Marine Record
      October 9, 1884

The canal schooner JOHN T. MOTT, which has reposed at the bottom of Lake Erie for 5 years, the result of a collision with the schooner MONTICELLO, and raised last year and rebuilt by Thomas Murphy, has been sold by him to the Rochester Transportation Co.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, May 3, 1890

Schooner JOHN T. MOTT. U. S. No. 75157. Of 319.15 tons. Home port, Oswego, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.873333 Longitude: -79.255555
William R. McNeil
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John T. Mott (Schooner), U75157, sunk by collision, 12 Sep 1884