On this day in 1881, the newspaper reported that the schooner Lucy K. Cogswell, captained by John C. Cheney Jr. and loaded with coal, was struck head on by the iron steamer William Crane. The impact carried off the schooner’s bowsprit and head gear, leaving two iron plates of the steamer on the schooner’s deck. She sunk in about 30 minutes. The ship was valued at $5,000 and not insured.
— The Museum of Old Newbury