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Kate Lyons (Schooner), U14063, collision, 1880

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      A Serious Accident Yesterday Morning.
      On Thursday night the schooner KATE LYONS, light, left Chicago bound for an east shore lumber port. At 8 o'clock yesterday morning she arrived back in tow of the steam barge THOMPSON. The HOMPSON had her starboard bow stove in the water line [ there was a canvas jacket over the break ] and her topmast was broken and the mast lying back on deck. The LYONS' bowsprit, jibboom and everything forward was gone, her stem split, and she was damaged otherwise. The THOMPSON barge, the H.A. RICHMOND, did not arrive in port until 1 o'clock in the afternoon. It was very foggy and thick on the lake from about midnight of Thursday, and it proved that some distance out in the lake the THOMPSON and LYONS came in collision.
      There are the usual "two sides" as to which craft was in fault, but as to that a newspaper has nothing to do. There was a report in the harbor shortly after the crippled vessels arrived, that one of the crew of the LYONS had been knocked overboard by the collision, and that a deckhand had been very badly hurt or killed outright. This report, happily, proved to be without any foundation in fact. The LYONS was towed into Lighthouse slip, where repairs will be made at the branch yard of the Chicago Dry-dock Company, while the THOMPSON proceeded to C. C. Thompson's lumber dock in the south branch. The damage to the LYONS is quite severe, as is also that to the THOMPSON, and the only wonder is that one or both did not sink.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, 1880

Schooner KATE LYONS. U.S. No. 14063. Of 201 tons gross; 190 tons net. Built Black River, Ohio, 1866. Home port, Grand Haven, Mich. 122.3 x 26.0 x 8.0 Crew of 4.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904


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Reason: collision
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Remarks: Repaired
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Kate Lyons (Schooner), U14063, collision, 1880