COLLISION ON LAKE ERIE
Northern Queen Strikes the Schooner Fayette Brown
At 2 o’clock yesterday morning the propeller Northern Queen and schooner Fayette Brown came in collision on Lake Erie, eight miles below the Dummy, the schooner sinking in over sixty feet of water. The Brown was bound for Buffalo loaded with Portage Entry block stone, and contrary to her usual custom, was sailing alone. The Northern Queen was bound for Duluth, coal laden. The weather was very thick at the time, and at just what speed the propeller was running could not be ascertained. The Northern Queen struck the schooner a square stem-on blow on the port quarter, and she sank almost immediately. One of the crewmen climbed aboard the propeller; the others barely had time to reach the schooner’s cross-trees, before she went down. The Northern Queen was immediately lost sight of by the crew of the Brown. An hour after the disaster, the steamer Robert Mills, bound up, came along, when those on watch heard the cries of the unfortunate seamen. The Mills was at once stopped, a boat lowered, and the two men rescued. All were made as comfortable as possible aboard the Mills. They were landed here, and an hour afterward Capt. Halstrom and his men took the train for Cleveland. The Queen came on up, apparently little injured, and stopped here just long enough to enable Captain Smith to enter a protest. She then proceeded on her way. The wreck lies eight miles east northeast from the Dummy.
The Brown was a well-preserved schooner, and was built in 1868 by Presley at Cleveland. She was owned by M. A. Bradley and others, of Cleveland, registers 528 tons, is valued at $16,000 and is rated A2. It is customary for Bradley to operate his boats at his own risk, and it is probable, therefore, that the Brown is uninsured. He, however, never loses any time sending wrecking expeditions after his boats when sunk, and it is probable that the Brown will be raised and repaired, if practicable.