The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 8 Dec 1866


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VESSELS IN PERIL, AND ASSISTANCE RENDERED BY THE STEAMER MAGNET DURING THE SEASON OF 1866

The wrecking steamer Magnet, commanded by Capt. J. P. Hodges, as is well known, has for the past two seasons made this point her headquarters, for the purpose of rendering prompt aid to vessels in peril, or which have been driven on the beach and become partially wrecked. During the season of 1866, numerous vessels were rescued from impending shipwreck, and in many instances, by her timely arrival, human life was saved. The following detail of services has been rendered during the season now closing, which will exhibit to all interested the importance of such a craft in this locality, well-manned and equipped for such duties:

APRIL
26th - Schooner Surprise aground on Stoney Island Reef, Detroit River, got off without damage.

MAY
7th - Bark Tom Wrong ashore near Fairport Piers, Lake Erie; high and dry; got off and towed to Cleveland.
7th - Schooner Starlight sunk near same place; pumped out and taken to Cleveland
14th - Bark Marquette aground at the head of Hog Island; got off without damage.
21st - Propeller Trader ashore at the south end of Kelley's Island; pulled off and towed to Detroit for repairs.
26th - Bark Harvey Bissell fell off the ways while being launched at Toledo; pulled off with slight damage.

JUNE
20th - Brig Paragon ashore and full of water at Port Hope, Lake Huron; raised and towed to Detroit.
20th - Propeller Cuyahoga sunk by collision near Port Huron; pumped out and taken to Detroit.
29th - Bark George Sherman ashore four miles below Cleveland; pulled off and taken to that port.
30th - Schooner George Suffel ashore eight miles above Fairport; pulled off and taken to Cleveland for repairs.
30th - Schooner Three Friends ashore at the same place; pulled off and towed to Cleveland.
30th - Schooner Rapid ashore at the same place; pulled off and towed to Cleveland.

JULY
12th - Raised hull of steamer St. Clair at McDonald's Ship Yard; pumped out and put in dock.

AUGUST
9th - Schooner Nonpariel on a reef near Middle Island, Lake Huron; bottom found to be out of her, vessel dismantled.
11th - Brig George M. Abel ashore between Conneaut and Ashtabula, laden with stone; raised and taken to Cleveland.
14th - Brig Monitor aground above Malden; pulled off without damage.

SEPTEMBER
6th - Schooner Courtlandt ashore on North Harbor Reef, Lake Erie; pulled off and towed to Detroit.
8th - Brig Helfenstein ashore near Harrisville, Lake Huron; pulled off and towed to Detroit.
14th - Schooner Bermuda disabled near Clay Banks, Lake Erie; picked up and towed to Cleveland.
29th - Propeller Old Concord ashore on Gull Island, Lake Superior; got off and taken to Detroit.

NOVEMBER
20th - Bark P. C. Sherman ashore and full of water in the Straits of Mackinaw; raised and taken to Saginaw.

Total number of vessels saved, 21. The schooner Nonpariel was beyond recovery, and only her outfit saved.


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Date of Original:
8 Dec 1866
Local identifier:
GLN.1972
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Dave Swayze
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 8 Dec 1866