The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ganges (Schooner), U85325, sunk by collision, 16 May 1899

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      The steel steamer PRESQUE'ISLE owned by the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co., Cleveland, collided with the schooner GANGES in Lake Erie about eight miles off Colchester, on Tuesday night. As a result the GANGES now has sunk in seven fathoms of water.
The PRESQUE'ISLE was not injured in the least, and rescued the schooners crew of six men. The PRESQUE'ISLE, after landing the men at Detroit, proceeded on her way up the Lakes.
The GANGES was bound to Kelly's Island for Limestone, when the Captain sighted the PRESQUE'ISLE, he, as usual, displayed a torch to warn the steamer, and continued on his course, as the sailing vessel has the right of way.
Because the night was very dark, Capt. Parsons, thinks it possible that the lookout on the PRESQUE'ISLE did not see the signal on the schooner and was not aware of her presence until too late to change the steamers course. At any rate, the big boat, according to the version of the affair given by the crew of the GANGES, had barely time to chech her engines before she plowed into the little schooners side.
Walter Oades, who owned the GANGES, will go to the scene of the wreck and arrange for raising her.
      Marine Record
      May 18, 1899

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The schooner GANGES has been abandoned as a total loss. The owners reported that the GANGES had been struck by some passing vessel and knocked over on her side. The mizzen mast is carried away and the fore and main masts are sticking out of the water.
The wreck lies directly in the channel, near Point Pelee, and is a menace to passing vessels. It should be destroyed. The fact was made known to the collector of Customs at Amherstburg, and it is expected that he will cause a light to be placed over the wreck at night.
      Marine Record
      May 25, 1899

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If efforts to tow the sunken schooner GANGES out of the Colchester channel are not successful, she will be blown up with dynamite. The Canadian revenu cutter, or Fishery patrol PETREL, is working at her
      Marine Record
      June 1, 1899

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Schooner GANGES, sunk by collisionnear the mouth of Detroit River, May 16, 1899. Owned by W.H. Oades, Detroit. Value of vessel, $650. Approx. total value of loss $$4,000.
      Casualty List fore 1899 [total loss]
      Marine Review
      December 21, 1899
Schooner GANGES. U. S. No. 85325. Of 333 gross tons; 316 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1874. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 135.3 x 26.0 x 11.8
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1898

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $650
Cargo: $4,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
William R. McNeil
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Ganges (Schooner), U85325, sunk by collision, 16 May 1899