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Minnedosa (Schooner), C94884, damaged in lock, 1 Oct 1892

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United States District Judge Lochlan of Minnesota has just decided a somewhat peculiar case. In October. 1892 the Canadian steamer ARABIAN carried away a lock in the Welland canal and the escaping water broke the lines of the Canadian schooner MINNEDOSA below and jammed the schooner against the dock wall. The MINNEDOSA was damaged something like $15,000, and claim was made on her underwriters for about that sum. In the fall of 1895 one of the underwriters on the MINNEDOSA, the Marine Insurance Co., which had paid $8,000 on account of this damage, libeled the ARABIAN in the district court at Duluth, claiming of the ARABIAN $8,051.20, under the subrogation clause in its policy. The repairs actually made to the MINNEDOSA were trifling in amount. nearly all of the damage claimed being on account of a disalignment in her side and keel, and which was not repaired. Both vessels were Canadian, the damage occurred in Canadian waters and the insurance company libeling was a foreign company. Objection was made to the court entertaining jurisdiction and was overruled, a court of admiralty being one open to all the world and having the right to exercise jurisdictions in such cases or not at its discretion. The case was heard: the court fixed the damage at $8,000 and decreed that amount to the insurance company. The case will doubtless be appealed. C. E. Kremer appeared for the insurance company and Harvey D. Goulder and H. R. Spencer for the ARABIAN.
      The Marine Review
      July 14, 1898

Schooner MINNEDOSA. Official Canada No. 94884. Of 1.041 tons Register. Built Kingston, Ont. 1890. Home port, Montreal, Que. 245.0 x 36.3 x 15.1 Owned by Montreal Transportation Co., of Montreal, Que.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada ob December 31, 1905

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Reason: damaged in lock
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $15,000
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.042777 Longitude: -79.2125
William R. McNeil
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Minnedosa (Schooner), C94884, damaged in lock, 1 Oct 1892