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Victor (Schooner), sunk by collision, 20 Sep 1881

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Detroit, Sept. 20. -- This morning at 5 o'clock, the steambarge MACY, bound up, collided with and sunk the schooner VICTOR, bound down, with 16,000 bushels of wheat in tow of the tug JEROME. The officers of the MACY say they whistled for port side and were answered with one whistle, but immediately afterwards, she reared to starboard, causing the accident. The VICTOR was struck on the starboard bow and sunk in forty feet of water, 1,000 feet from the Canada side, between Walkerville and Windsor. The masts project thirty feet above water, making a dangerous obstruction to navigation.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, September 21, 1881

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Pratt & Co., owners of the schooner VICTOR, sunk near Detroit, have determined to raise her by placing a schooner at each side of her, and with timbers, chains and jack-screws bring her to the surface. Frank Dwyer will do the diving.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, September 28, 1881

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THE WRECKED SCHOONER. -- Detroit, Sept. 29. -- The schooner MARIA MARTIN, damaged by collision with the propeller JAY GOULD, arrived here today for repairs, but was forced to go to Port Huron, as she could not get a dry dock here. Her head gear is gone and her stem split. The work of raising the sunken schooner VICTOR has been started.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, September 30, 1881

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The wreckers at work on the schooner VICTOR, sunk by the steambarge MACY at Detroit, are making very slow progress. It is reported that they have failed in their attempt at placing chains under her.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, October 14, 1881
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The wreckers at work on the schooner VICTOR request as a particular favor that captains of side-wheel steamers check down in passing, as the swells cause great trouble. The VICTOR is now in slings and has been towed a considerable distance towards the Canada shore.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, October 21, 1881

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The wreckers succeeded in getting the schooner VICTOR, sunk in the Detroit River, to the Canada side of the river, and expect to have her in dry-dock shortly.
      Cleveland Herald
      Tuesday, November 1, 1881

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Detroit, Oct. 21. -- Mr. Brown, of Hamilton, Ontario, was in the city yesterday looking after the schooner VICTOR. He sold the VICTOR last year while she rested on the bottom of Detroit River after her collision with the MACY, but has taken her back again, purchasers having failed to pay for her. The VICTOR was seized here last summer, and has since been in the bone-yard. She was bonded yesterday and taken to Windsor, where she will probably be placed in winter quarters. Mr. Brown speaks in the highest terms of the new propeller building at hamilton, and says she will be in commission early next season.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, October, 1882

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Reason: sunk by collision
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Freight: wheat
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.30008 Longitude: -83.01654
William R. McNeil
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Victor (Schooner), sunk by collision, 20 Sep 1881