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American Union (Bark), u307, collision, 20 Jun 1868

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The bark AMERICAN UNION collided on Saturday night (6/20) between Pt. au Pelee and Detroit with an unknown vessel, when the latter immediately sunk. No particulars are known.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 23, 1868 3-3

      The bark AMERICAN UNION, which we mentioned yesterday as having collided with an unknown vessel between Pt. au Pelee and Detroit, was so much damaged as to be unable to proceed on her voyage. She was taken in tow by the prop. ROANOKE of the Commercial Line, and taken to Detroit for repairs. The name of the other vessel which sunk immediately is not certainly known, but is generally surmised by lake captains generally to be the schr. ARTHUR BRADLEY, owned by Mr. R. Cardinell, of this city.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 24, 1868 3-3

      We learn from Capt. J. Waterman of the tug KATE WILLIAMS, who arrived here yesterday by rail from Detroit, that the unknown craft, sunk by colliding with the bark AMERICAN UNION turns out to be the schr. FOREST, owned by Capt. Ryan of Detroit. She was a small schooner of about 200 tons, and had arrived at the mature age of 21 years, but had been thoroughly rebuilt and was in seaworthy condition at the time of the accident. Happily no lives were lost.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      June 25, 1868 3-3

Schooner AMERICAN UNION. U. S. No. 307. Of 543.34 tons gross; 516.18 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1862. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 185.5 x 24.8 x 12.7
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1886

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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American Union (Bark), u307, collision, 20 Jun 1868