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Flying Mist (Bark), U9188, aground, 5 May 1863

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Bark FLYING MIST, ashore at Point Au Pelee, Lake Erie; got off.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, January 20, 1864

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      From what we can learn it is more than probable that the bark FLYING MIST reported ashore at Point Pelee, has been got off, and taken to Cleveland for repairs. The propeller ILLINOIS which arrived up from Buffalo yesterday saw nothing of the MIST, nor yet the tug RELIEF in the locality where she was to have gone ashore, was yet lying there. - Detroit Advertiser
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 13, 1863 2-4

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      LOSS OF THE BARK "FLYING MIST" - The captain of the bark FLYING MIST arrived in this city at an early hour yesterday morning from Point Au Pelee, at which place he reports the vessel ashore and full of water. This vessel passed here on the 2d inst., grain loaded, bound for Buffalo. When not far distant from Conneaut, on Lake Erie, she encountered the recent heavy storm, and, after contending a few hours, sprung a leak, when she bore up for a harbor. It was feared at one time she would go down with all hands, despite every effort to the contrary. The Captain describes the night as a most fearful one, the seas running tremendously high. During Monday night, as out informant states, which was extremely dark and no land visible, it was suddenly discovered that she was among the breakers, and in a few moments beached and full of water. The crew, to save themselves from being swept overboard, were obliged to take to the rigging, a part of them taking refuge in the foretop, the remainder in the mizentop, where the remained for thirty-six hours exposed to a merciless storm.
      On the storm subsiding, relief was sent them from the mainland, and all hands saved in a much exhausted state. The MIST has a cargo of some 20,000 bushels of corn, and is owned by N.C. Winslow & Co., of Buffalo. The tug RELIEF has been sent from Buffalo with steam pumps and the necessary apparatus for getting her off, and will reach there today. Her cargo will be a total loss. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, May 13, 1863

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      Capt. D.P. Dobbins, Secretary of the Board of Lake Underwriters, gives the following extract of a letter, dated Detroit, May 12, from Captain George W. Wolverton: "I expect the bark FLYING MIST is in pretty bad shape. The Captain says her pumps were drove up through the deck between two and three feet. The tug WINSLOW has gone to her assistance."
The Bark FLYING MIST that went ashore at Point Au Pelee in the late storm is owned by N.C. Winslow of this city. She was laden with wheat from Milwukee, owned by David Newhall. Her cargo is insured for $9,000 in the Commercial Insurance Company of Milwaukee and $13,000 in the Buffalo Mutual. Her hull is insured in the Western Insurance Company of Buffalo.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, May 14, 1863

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      THE BARK " FLYING MIST." - By the aid of the wrecking steamer RELIEF, Capt. Howe with Capt. Jno. Berryman, Marine Inspector of the Buffalo Mutual Insurance Company, the FLYING MIST has been raised and taken to Detroit where she is being repaired at the ship yard of Campbell & Owen. Her hull is badly damaged, being strained, hogged and rudderless. Her sails were much damaged and a portion of them destroyed. Of the 20,000 bushels of wheat she had on board there was only about 3,000 bushels remaining, and that only fit for distilling.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, May 16, 1863

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      THE BARK "FLYING MIST" - This vessel, which, it will be remembered, went ashore a few weeks since, during a northeast gale at Point Au Pelee, is once more in complete readiness for service, and takes her departure from here this morning, westward bound. She was placed in Campbell & Owen's dry-dock, where the most substantial repairs have been laid out on her, and as regards strength is without doubt a more reliable vessel than when first launched. She has been brought to her original shape, heavy arches placed in her, leading her entire length, besides being thoroughly bolted and refastened. With proper management she is as good a sea-going vessel as there is afloat, and carries well according to her dimensions. A thorough practical sailor has been placed in command of her, in the person of Capt. B.S. Blanchard, who has had many years of experience in that capacity, and we guarantee to state, from our own knowledge of the man, that shippers need entertain no fear that the MIST will ever again render a duplicate of her late disaster while in charge of her present master. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, June 9, 1863

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Bark FLYING MIST. U. S. No. 9188. Of 316.16 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1867
Schooner FLYING MIST.* U. S. No. 9188. oF 316.16 tons gross; 300.36 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1861. Home port, Chicago, Ill. [ * vessel wrecked or otherwise out of service]
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,300
Cargo: $20,850
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
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Flying Mist (Bark), U9188, aground, 5 May 1863