Pelican (Schooner), U20415, aground, 3 May 1877
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THE BARGE PELICAN. -- We Announced on Saturday that the tug OSWEGO had ceased work in relieving the barge PELICAN, and that she was to be lightered by the barge CORMORANT. The latter effort was successful. About noon on Saturday she was floated off, towed to Malden, and her grain cargo placed back again in her hold. No report has been received as to the damage sustained by the PELICAN, but the fact that she received back immediately her grain, without stopping for any repairs, would indicate that she received no injury.
Monday, May 7, 1877
[ On Thursday evening about seven o'clock, or shortly after that hour, the schooner R.J. GIBBS, upward bound, from Toledo to Sarnia with corn, when in the Southeast Bend of the St. Clair River, was run into by the propeller COLORADO, downward bound, and sunk almost immediately. The GIBBS was struck upon her starboard side just forward of her main rigging, her whole side at that point being crushed in. The crew seeing instantly that the GIBBS must sink, immediately rushed upon the propeller before she backed out. As soon as the boats separated the GIBBS went down. She now lies, we are informed, upon the north side of the channel, giving plenty of room for passing vessels.
The propeller COLORADO was loaded with corn and flour from Chicago for Buffalo. The injury she received was slight, and not much of a character as to prevent her proceeding on her trip. She came as far as this port, landing the crew of the schooner GIBBS. During the day she laid upon the Canada side about a mile or more below Windsor. While there she was quite carefully examined and found to have sustained no serious injury. She could not go forward to her destination as she is very heavily loaded, rendering a passage over the Lime Kiln Crossing unsafe, if not impossible, in the present state of the water. She is kept here also from the fact that the channel is obstructed by the propeller EGYPTIAN and barge PELICAN, which are on the rocks at that point.
The schooner GIBBS belongs to Fred L. Wells, of Port Huron, and to Capt. D.H. McAllister, who sailed her. She was rebuilt about three years ago, and was in good condition at the time of the disaster.
Saturday, May 5, 1877 ]
Schooner Barge PELICAN. U. S. No. 20415. Of 813 tons. Built Detroit, Mich., 1872 by J.P. Clark. 3 masts. Owned by Winslow and towed by stmr. EGYPTIAN. 204.9 x 34.9 x 13.5. PELICAN foundered in Lake ErieMay 16, 1893 with the loss of 3 lives.
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