The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Columbian (Schooner), U4387, collision, 6 Jul 1883

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Manitowoc, Wis., July 7. -- At 6 o'clock last evening the schooner COLUMBIAN, of Cleveland, coal laden, for Racine, collided with the schooner SOPHIA MINCH, light, bound for Escanaba, about thirty miles north of this port. A dense fog prevailed at the time, and neither knew of the other's approach until they crashed together. The COLUMBIAN lost her mainmast, mizzentop and foretop, the mainmast being broken in three pieces and falling with a crash to the deck, but fortunately no one was injured. She is leaking badly, and two pumps are kept busy to keep her from sinking. The MINCH lost her jibboom and forerigging. She then took the COLUMBIAN in tow, and shortly after run heavily into a pier near Kewaunee. She then dropped the tow-line and the COLUMBIAN managed to escape the pier. Captain Byrns, of the COLUMBIAN, thinks the MINCH must have received considerable damage when she struck the pier. he COLUMBIAN is at anchor in the bay waiting for the tug WELCOME to tow her to Milwaukee.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, July 1883

Milwaukee, Wis., July 9. -- The damage to the schooner COLUMBIAN is about $2,000. She will require new fore and mainmasts, new topmasts, new fore and main sail, square sail, square sail yards, new main rigging, and other repairs. Her port side amidship is crushed in. She will have repairs made here.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, July 1883

Schooner COLUMBIAN. U. S. No. 4387. Of 356.18 tons gross; 338.38 tons net. Built Green Bay, Wis., 1864. Home port, Cleveland. 138.7 x 26.0 x 13.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 44.09194 Longitude: -87.64731
William R. McNeil
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Columbian (Schooner), U4387, collision, 6 Jul 1883