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Acontias (Schooner), U1394, sunk, 1 Nov 1863

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Schooner ACONTIAS, cargo wheat, struck on a rock off Clay Banks, Lake Erie, and sunk. Total loss
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, January 20, 1864

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The loss of the schr. ACONTIAS with her valuable cargo of wheat, by striking a rock off Clay Banks, near the mouth of the Detroit River, Lake Erie, shows the importance of something being done, either to put a permanent lightship there to mark the spot, or else to blast the rock away to sufficient depth of water upon it to allow vessels to pass over it safely. It will be remembered that we called the attention of the Commercial Marine to this matter last spring, when an effort was made to get a temporary light-ship stationed there. A small schooner bought and paid for by the "Home ," "Aetna," and one of the Transportation Companiies and others parties here, and we think small amounts were got at other commercial cities upon the lakes toward defraying the expenses.
Capt. McVetty had charge of her and she was kept on the Station most of the season, until the fall, when she was driven away in a gale and damaged, putting into Malden for repairs. Capt. McVetty could not obtain funds enough to support him in his expenses to return to the station, and hence this loss, and perhaps others may occurr before the close of navigation. This rock is in Canadian waters, near the Canadian shore. Mailefort would blast it away for less than half the amount of loss by this one vessel. Let our brethren of the Press around the Lakes and seaboard circulate this.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 23, 1863 3-3

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      The schooner ACONTIAS, laden with wheat, struck a rock off the Clay Banks, and sunk in four fathoms of water.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, November 24, 1863


      Schooner ACONTIAS. U. S. No. 1394. Of 264.40 gross tons; 251.18 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1866. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 136.5 x 25.8 x 10.5
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885
NOTE:-- Schooner ACONTIAS. U. S. No. 1394. Of 264 tons gross. Built Oswego, N.Y., 1856 137.0 x 25.8 x 11.3. Rebuilt in 1866 at Detroit.
      Herman Runge List

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $10,000
Cargo: $18,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Acontias (Schooner), U1394, sunk, 1 Nov 1863