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Helena (Schooner), U95276, collision, 10 Jul 1881

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      A special dispatch to the Detroit Post and Tribune from the Sault says:
      Sault Ste. Marie, July 11. -- A collision occurred yesterday between the schooner HELENA and the propeller ASIA, in the flats on Lake George. The ASIA on meeting the HELENA and her consort became unmanageable after passing the steambarge, and ran across the bows of the HELENA. The HELENA cut the propeller down below the water's edge on her starboard side abreast of the pilot house, and the latter sunk immediately, her hurricane deck aft going under water. She has sunk at a rather narrow place in the flats called the Elbow. She is loaded with 15,000 bushels of wheat and a small lot of merchandise. The damage to the HELENA is not as serious as at first thought.
      All her head gear is gone -- jib-boom, bob-stays, etc., being carried away and her stem split. Her damage will not prevent her going on to Marquette for her load of iron ore.
      The propeller ATLANTIC arrived here last evening and Captain Robert Rhynas, her master, reports that the passage between the stern of the ASIA and the stake is only about forty feet wide and thinks it quite likely that some craft will take the stern off as it is very difficult to pass.
      Cleveland Herald
      July 13, 1881
      Schooner HELENA. U. S. No. 95276. Of 863.93 tons gross; 820.73 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1874. Home port, Cleveland, O. 205.4 x 34.2 x 14.4
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.45002 Longitude: -84.13336
William R. McNeil
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Helena (Schooner), U95276, collision, 10 Jul 1881