The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Friday, June 27, 1890

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The collision Wednesday night between the Northwestern Transportation Company's new steel steamship Castalia, bound up light, and the propeller Winslow, of the Lake Superior Transit Company, bound down with a general cargo, occurred about 9 o'clock at Sandwich Point, and seems to have been occasioned by a misunderstanding of signals. The Winslow's stem was twisted entirely off, and her planking opened up so as to cause her to leak badly. After the collision she was headed for the American shore and run on the mud bank at Twenty-fourth street. What water is in her is at the stern, so that but little damage will be done to her cargo. The deck load was removed yesterday and the boat will be in dry-dock to-day. The damage to the Winslow will exceed $1,000. The Castalia was apparently uninjured and passed on to Lake Huron without stopping.

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About 10 o'clock Wednesday night the propeller Castalia and the tug Winslow ran into Taylor's dock in Windsor, and, after wrecking it, headed out into the river and collided with each other. The Castalia continued on her course down the river, but the Winslow was badly damaged and commenced to sink. She was then taken in tow and as rapidly as possible brought to the foot of Twenty-fourth street, where she sank to the bottom. Steam pumps were at work raising her yesterday, and she will be immediately raised and repaired. The damage is estimated at $1,500. This is the second collision in which Capt. Allen, of the Castalia has figured, he having been in command of the Charles J. Sheffield when she was sunk in collision with the propeller North Star off Whitefish Point, Lake Superior, a year ago last spring.

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Here are two versions of the same collision which were printed in the same paper in the same day. Take your pick as to which gives the true story - the major information is the same, but nearly all of the details in the stories are different. No clarifying article appeared later. No wonder researchers get gray hair.
Both steamers were found to be at fault in the collision in which the SHEFFIELD was lost, June 19, 1889. She was a 1,700 ton steel bulker and the wreck was the first major collision on the lakes between two steel vessels.
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Friday, June 27, 1890
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Friday, June 27, 1890