The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
O. J. Hale (Barge), U19402, sunk by collision, 22 May 1890

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The barge O.J. HALE, while sailing up lake Huron at 4 o'clock this morning, was struck by an unknown steambarge, 2 miles off Port Sanilac. The crew of the barge barely had time to get into the yawl boats when the barge sank. The steambarge did not stop to ascertain the amount of damage done. The crew landed at Port Sanilac and will come to Port Huron this evening. She was owned by William Johnson of this city.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, May 22, 1890
The steamer which sank the O.J. HALE was the NESHOTO.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, May 24, 1890

The schooner HALE ran into the steamer NESHOTO while sailing up Lake Huron yesterday morning. The HALE went to the bottom in 10 fathoms of water. The crew escaped in a small boat.
      Buffalo Evening News
      May 23, 1890
Mate Peter Hale has made a statement about the sinking of the schooner HALE. He says the HALE did not mind her wheel. The steamer, he said, paid no attention to their shouts or the torch which was showed before and after the collision.
      Buffalo Evening News
      May 24, 1890

      The barge O.J. HALE ran into the steamship NESHOTO on Lake Huron, Thursday night. She knocked her own bow off and sank in ten fathoms of water. The crew escaped.
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      May 27, 1890

The barge O.J. HALE, sunk last week in Lake Huron, has been partially raised and towed within one mile of Port Sanilac.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, May 31, 1890

The wreckers with the tug FANNY L. BAKER got $2,000, for raising the barge O.J. HALE and bringing her clost to Port Juron.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, June 5, 1890
      The O.J. HALE was brought here Friday in tow of the tug F.L. BAKER.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, June 7, 1890

The barge O. J. HALE, which was sunk in Lake Huron last season by the steamer NESHOTO, and afterwards raised, has been sold to a Port Huron man and will be repaired.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Monday, May 18, 1891

The barge O. J. HALE sunk by the steamer NESHOTO has been raised and docked at Port Huron.
      Buffalo Evening News
      June 7, 1890
Schooner O.J. HALE. U. S. No. 19402. Of 326.12 tons gross; 309.82 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1874. Home port, Port Huron. 138.3 x 26.9 x 11.2
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1892

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Reason: sunk by collision
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.43086 Longitude: -82.54242
William R. McNeil
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O. J. Hale (Barge), U19402, sunk by collision, 22 May 1890