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Hippogriffe (Schooner), U11143, sunk by collision, 27 Sep 1877

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      Chicago, Sept. 28. - The schooner HIPPOGRIFF and EMMA A. COYNE collided off Kenosha about midnight last night and the former went to the bottom with 20,000 bushels of grain. All the crew were saved. The vessel was insured for $6,000, which was nearly full value.
      Cleveland Herald
      September 29, 1877

The schooner E.L. COYNE, lumber laden, collided with the schooner HIPPOGRIFF on Lake Michigan Thursday night and the latter went down in about 30 fathoms of water.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, October 1, 1877

      News has just reached us of the sinking of the schooner HIPPOGRIFF on Lake Michigan on Thursday evening by reason of a collision with the schooner EMMA L. COYNE.
      The first left Chicago on Thursday afternoon loaded with oats for Buffalo, and the COYNE was inward bound from Bay City with lumber. They came together about twenty miles off Kenosha, about midnight. It is a singular coincidence that the captains of both vessels are brothers. The night was clear overhead, but a little hazy on the water. Not so much so, however, but what a vessel's lights could be plainly seen a long distance. The COYNE struck the HIPPOGRIFF just forward of her fore-rigging on the port side, stem on, and cut into her deeply, the COYNE's jibboom lying over her deck. The vessels had to be cut free. It being evident that the HIPPOGRIFF must go down, her crew hopped over on the COYNE' deck, and, the two vessels separating, the final plunge of the HIPPOGRIFF was witnessed by the two crews. Only about fifteen minutes elapsed after the collision before the HIPPOGRIFF lunged down forward, settled a little aft, and finally disappeared beneath the surface of the lake. The COYNE lost her bowsprit and jibboom, headgear, figure-head, cutwater and port cat-head.
      The HIPPOGRIFF was built at Buffalo in 1863, measured 295 tons, rated B 1., [repaired in 1875] and was valued at $8,000, but if placed on the market today would not bring that figure. She was owned by Corrigan Brothers, oil refiners of Cleveland, and was insured for $6,000, the insurance being placed at Cleveland. The COYNE is nominally owned by John Pridgeon, though Hugh Coyne is generally understood to be the real owner.
      The J. W. Hall Great lake Marine Scrapbook, Sept./Oct., 1877

Schooner HIPPOGRIFF. U. S. No. 11143. Of 295.24 tons. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,000
Freight: grain
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 42.58474 Longitude: -87.82119
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Hippogriffe (Schooner), U11143, sunk by collision, 27 Sep 1877