The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Clayton Belle (Schooner), collision, 1 Oct 1863

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On Sunday morning, about 6:30,as the tug ZOUAVE was towing the schrs. ARNOLD, A.J. RICH and CLAYTON BELLE down the St. Clair Flats a series of collisions occurred as follows: The ARNOLD ran aground, which brought her suddenly to a standstill, and caused the RICH to run into her stern with great force; completely staving in the ARNOLD's stern, besides breaking off her wheel and two deck beams. An entire new stern will be necessary. In the meantime the CLAYTON BELLE collided with the RICH, breaking her stern into atoms, and also destroying two small boats.
The tug DISPATCH was towing a number of schooners down the Flats, at the same time, among which was the NABOB. The latter craft got aground, and was quickly run into by the schooner following, which collision inflicted considerable damage. The entire damage sustained by the fleet amounted to about $5,000.
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      November 3, 1863 3-3

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William R. McNeil
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Clayton Belle (Schooner), collision, 1 Oct 1863