Breck (Schooner), collision, 28 Jul 1900
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THE LOCKWOOD SINKS.
Amherstburg, Ont., July 28. - The pumps on the C.G. LOCKWOOD were unable to keep the water down, and she sank at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Her stern is on the bottom of the 20 foot channel and projects out into the passage, making it very difficult for passing steamers. There is a large hole in the hull forward, and the boat rests on the west bank. Pumps have been ordered and are expected tonight on the wreckers SAGINAW and WALES. The Canadian schooner BRECK, which caused the collision, lies at the dock here with her bowsprit gone.
Both vessels were bound down. The LOCKWOOD, loaded with iron ore, was hugging the west bank, and the BRECK, with a load of lumber, was creeping down under her own sail on the east side. The schooner suddenly sheered across the channel, dead ahead of the LOCKWOOD, and to avoid cutting the BRECK in two, Capt. C. T. Gunderson headed his boat still further to the west. In this way she touched the BRECK lightly, carrying away part of her midship rigging, but went on the rocks herself.
The LOCKWOOD is a wooden boat of 2,139 tons, 285 feet long by 45 feet beam, and is one of the Gilchrist fleet, hailing from Vermillion. She rates A 1 star, and is valued at $80,000; fully insured.
July 29, 1900
AMERICAN INSPECTORS ABOUT TO LOOK INTO THE RECENT COLLISIONS.
Capt. Wescott does not regard the BRECK - LOCKWOOD case as one for investigation, for several reasons. Though he did not say so openly he appeared to think the captain of the LOCKWOOD was in no way to blame for running his boat ashore in order to escape running down the BRECK. The latter is a Canadian schooner and the American inspectors would not even have authority to demand testimony from her master or crew concerning her part in the accident; the investigation necessarily would have to be one-sided. Beside the men on the schooner claim they were in Canadian waters at the time, if this were so, the American inspectors would have no jurisdiction.
Detroit Free Press
August 12, 1900
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