Marysburg (Schooner), collision, 20 May 1876
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A Collision On The Lake
The Schooners American and Marysburg Involuntarily Meet off Braddock's Point
One of the worst looking wrecks we have seen this season is the schooner MARYSBURG, which arrived this morning from Toronto with lumber. Last Saturday night about eleven o'clock when the MARYSBURG was some twenty miles off Braddock's Point she collided with the schooner AMERICAN, Captain Cal. Becker, striking the AMERICAN on the starboard side forward of the mizzen rigging. The MARYSBURG lost her bowsprit and jib boom and her jibs and all of her head gear, which was carried off by the AMERICAN.
When the collision took place the MARYSBURG was on the port tack and the AMERICAN on the starboard, both passing the water at a smart pace. The violence of the shock was so great that the MARYSBURG's stem was driven back at the top two or three inches, and her deck load of lumber was disarranged aft to the cabin, and about one thousand feet of lumber went by the board.
At the time of the collision there was a heavy fog on the lake, rendering it almost impossible to see the length of a vessel, and Captain Sullivan of the MARYSBURG was at the foremast head keeping a look out. he says he did not see the American nor hear her fog horn until she was under his bow, and although an effort was then made to avoid a collision it was impossible to do so. What damage was sustained by the AMERICAN it is impossible to learn at present as she has not arrived at Kingston as yet. It is a great wonder that one of the vessels did not sustain serious damage as both were heavily laden.
Later. - Since the foregoing was written, we have seen a letter from Nicholas Finn to Mr. Daniel Lyons, of this city, stating that the schooner AMERICAN, Captain Cal. Becker, is in Chicago, so that the MARYSBURG could not have collided with her. The ADRIATIC was on the lake Saturday and she may be the schooner.
Monday, May 22, 1876
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- William R. McNeil
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