The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sciota (Propeller), sunk by collision, 2 Sep 1864

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On Friday night, about 12 o'clock, the propeller SCIOTA, owned by Mr. J.W. Gardner, of Buffalo, while on her trip down from Toledo, collided with the propeller ARCTIC, four or five miles below Dunkirk, and was so badly injured that she sank in two or three minutes, carrying down with her three passengers and six of her crew. According to the Buffalo 'Express,' Capt. Chas. D. Ruscoe, of the SCIOTA, states that when he saw the ARCTIC approaching he signalled her to pass on the starboard side by blowing the whistle twice and that she answered the signal, but, almost immediately altered her course as if intending to pass across the bow of the SCIOTA, and struck her on the starboard side about five feet from the stem, staving in the whole bow. The SCIOTA filled instantly forward and went down head first. The captain, one passenger and twelve of the crew were picked up by the boats from the ARCTIC and another propeller. Mrs. Catherine Dickson and child and Mrs. Henrietta Harris, of Toledo; Geo. H. Hicok, clerk of the SCIOTA, two firemen who reside in this city but whose names we are unable to ascertain, and three colored hands named Simon Blaidso, George Lewis and Samuel Carter, were drowned. Hicok was last seen standing near the lady passengers, and it is thought he lost his life endeavoring to save them. He was a young man of fine business ability, and much respected. He was a native of Pittsfield, Mass., where his widowed mother now resides. The SCIOTA was worth about $25,000. She had on board 1,700 bushels of oats, owned by parties in Erie; 12,000 bushels of wheat, consigned to A.C. Winslow & Co., and 100 barrels of flour, consigned to H. Niles & Co.
      Goderich Signal, Semi Weekly
      Friday, September 9, 1864

steam screw SCIOTA. Of 389 tons. Built Huron, Ohio, 1848. First home port, Sandusky, Ohio. LOST 1864
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 9
Freight: oats
Remarks: Total loss
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
William R. McNeil
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Sciota (Propeller), sunk by collision, 2 Sep 1864