The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
S. Bates (Schooner), collision, 12 Nov 1878

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Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 12. -- A serious collision occurred just north of here about 5 o'clock this morning, between the schooner S. BATES, bound for Horn's Pier, from Chicago, with supplies, and the LONE STAR. lumber laden for Chicago. The BATES, which shortly before the collision, had left anchorage in the bay, was struck a glancing blow on the starboard side, forward of the main rigging, had her main rigging carried away, mainsail destroyed, and gaff broken; also rail, several stanchions, etc. She is repairing here. The LONE STAR lost her bowsprit and jib-boom, and suffered damage to stem and bulwarks. She continued on the Chicago. From the statement of Capt. Walsh, of the BATES, the LONE STAR was in fault, as it was bright moonlight, and the atmosphere was clear. The vessels remaining entangled about an hour after the collision.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Wednesday, November 13, 1878

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Freight: supplies
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.06446 Longitude: -87.86897
William R. McNeil
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S. Bates (Schooner), collision, 12 Nov 1878