Colorado (Propeller), U4267, collision, 6 May 1877
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A collision occurred at the Flats on Thursday night which resulted in the sinking of the schooner R.J. GIBBS by the propeller COLORADO. The GIBBS was bound up with corn while the COLORADO was bound from Chicago. The crew of the GIBBS left their schooner and climbed aboard the propeller, while the vessel sank in 15 minutes.
Port Huron Daily Times
Saturday, May 5, 1877
The Toledo fleet has made a bad start this spring. Disaster has overtaken three schooners which left that port this week. The M. CAPRON has gone ashore at North Harbor Reef, at the head of the lake, but as yet no further particulars have been received. She cleared from Toledo Wednesday with 11, 020 bushels of wheat for Oswego, and ran aground during the night on the reef, which is unprotected by any light. The tug OSWEGO has gone to her assistance from Detroit. The CAPRON is a new vessel. The schooner G. M. NEELON left that port the same day with 14,500 cubic feet of ship timber for Kingston. Thursday she ran aground on one of the Sisters. The steamer JAY COOKE went to her assistance. After pulling at her all the afternoon, she succeeded in releasing her. A dispatch from D. H. McAllister, captain of the schooner R. J. GIBBS, which left Toledo Thursday, announces that the propeller COLORADO sunk his schooner at South East Bend, St. Clair River. She had on 7,650 bushels of corn for Port Huron. She went down in very deep water, and probably can never be raised.
May 7, 1877
Steam screw COLORADO. U. S. No. 4267. Of 1470.55 gross tons; 1321.78 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1867. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 254.6 x 35.0 x 13.0.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885
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