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Edward H. Jenks (Propeller), U136048, sunk by collision, 31 Aug 1891

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Detroit, Sept. 1. -- The small steambarge E. H. JENKS was sunk about midnight last night by the steamer MORLEY near Ballard's reef, Detroit river. Three lives were lost aboard the JENKS; Mrs. Ekbert, the captains wife; Albert Jacob, of Port Clinton, Ohio, second engineer, and a fireman, name unknown. He was called Jim, and shipped at Port Huron.
She lies in about 20 feet of water on west bank, little below the red light. She is loaded with stone and nothing can be seen of her but her smokestack and spars. It is stated that the MORLEY blew one whistle and repeated the signal twice without receiving answer, and just before the boats met, the JENKS starboarded her wheel to cross the MORLEY's bow. She was struck aft, and those lost were probably prevented from getting out by the escaping Steam.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, September 1, 1891

The small steambarge JENKS loaded with stone from Lake Erie Islands was run into and sunk by the large steambarge MORLEY near Grassy Island in the Detroit River at midnight. Three were killed in the collision. The JENKS sank immediately. It was very foggy at the time. The JENKS was valued at about $12,000 but not insured. She lies in about 20 feet of water on the west bank a little below the red light. Only the spar and smokestack are visible above water. She will be raised.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, September 1, 1891

The JENKS, sunk by a collision with the MORLEY, was built at Port Dover, Ont., and was formerly the steamer E. M. FOSTER, which capsized on Saginaw bay in 1888 with a load of pulp wood. She finally drifted ashore at Port Hope and was purchased by Currie & Jenks. She was released and taken to Marine City and rebuilt into the JENKS. The MORLEY is owned by the Hawgood & Avery Transit Company of Cleveland.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Thursday, September 3, 1891

      Loss of Two Small Boats.
Three lives were lost in a collision between steamer MORLEY and the small propeller JENKS near Ballard's reef, Detroit river, Tuesday night. The JENKS was cut in two and sank in 20 feet of water on the west bank, just below the float light. She was owned by the Jenks Shipbuilding Company of Port Huron, registered 105 tons and was valued at $7,000 The MORLEY is owned by Hawgood & Avery of Cleveland. The channel is very narrow in this locality and the sunken boat, which is laden with stone, will prove a serious obstruction to navigation.
      Marine Review
      September 3, 1891
      Notices to Mariners.
      The wreck of the small steambarge EDWARD JENKS, sunk by collision with the G.W. MORLEY, lies near Ballard's reef, Detroit river, very close to the channel. Capt. J. W. Westcott of Detroit advises vessels to pass to the eastward.
      Marine Review
      September 3, 1891
      The small propeller EDWARD JENKS, sunk several weeks ago near the mouth of the Detroit River in collision with the steamer GEORGE W. MORLEY, was raised Wednesday afternoon by the barges PRINCE ALFRED and LADY FRANKLIN, used at pontoons. She will be place in the Wolverine Dry Dock to be repaired.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, October 2, 1891

The steamer JENKS will be lengthened 20 feet. It will cost between $2,000 and $3,000 to raise the boat.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, October 5, 1891

The steamer JENKS, sunk in Black River, will be raised next week.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, October 10, 1891

The steambarge JENKS is now raised on the stocks in the rear of Carpenter & Co.'s coal dock and is being repaired
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, October 28, 1891

NOTE:-- Steam Screw FAUSTIN.* U.S. No. 136048. Of 256 tons gross; 166 tons net. Built 1882 at Port Dover, Ont. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 123.0 x 24.0 x 10.0
* formerly steam screw [a] British E.M. FOSTER, [b] American EDWARD H. JENKS.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1900

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 3
Freight: stone
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    Latitude: 42.1556 Longitude: -83.12992
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Edward H. Jenks (Propeller), U136048, sunk by collision, 31 Aug 1891