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H. S. Fairchild (Bark), dismasted, 1 Aug 1863

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Bark H.S. FAIRCHILD, dismasted in a squall on Lake Huron, towed to Detroit.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wed. Jan. 20, 1864

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MARINE DISASTERS. -- Among the marine disasters of Friday night last the Detroit Free Press chronicles serious damage to the bark H.S. FAIRCHILD. It says:
      The bark H.S. FAIRCHILD, bound from Marquette to Erie, with a cargo of iron ore, was struck by the squall off Thunder Bay Island and lost all her spars except bowsprit and jib-boom. Her canvas and both standing and running rigging were swept away, the spars crushing her rail and bulwarks both forward and on her quarter in going overboard. She was owned in Buffalo. Loss about $8,000.
      Buffalo Evening Courier & Republic
      Wednesday, August 26, 1863

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Reason: dismasted
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $8,600
Cargo: $2,000
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
William R. McNeil
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H. S. Fairchild (Bark), dismasted, 1 Aug 1863