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Ralph Campbell (Schooner), U21179, aground, 1 Oct 1855

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CAMPBELL, RALPH Schooner, cargo wheat, on White Shoals, L. M. Jetted cargo and Got off. Property loss, Vessel $400. Cargo, $3,600.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Jan. 11, 1856 (Casualty List)

Capt. H.M. Markle, of the schooner CAMPBELL, informs us that instead of striking White Shoals, as we have stated, he struck a shoal about five miles due west of the Light Ship, and nor' nor' west from Skillagalee. His vessel run out in 6 feet water to her forward hatch, with two fathoms of water on either side, 10 feet under her stern, and 3 fathoms at her jib-boom end. Capt. M. informs us that he has sailed the lakes for fifteen years, and never knew of the existence of this shoal before. He has since made inquiries of the oldest vessel captains on the lakes, and finds that the shoal is almost entirely unknown. After getting off the reef he was obliged to run down into Sheboygan Bay and run his vessel into the mud, as he had not a sufficient number of men to keep her free of water. Here he tried to get an extra number of men, offering $3 per day, but could not get them. After rigging spring poles to his pumps he succeeded in getting here with his own crew, 8 in number. While coming down Lake Huron during the late gale, his vessel came very near foundering at two different times, all his men at the pumps being unable to gain upon the water. The CAMPBELL will discharge the balance of her cargo and go into dry dock for repairs. She is fully insured. -- Detroit Democrat, 2d.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, November 5, 1855

Schooner RALPH CAMPBELL. U. S. No. 21179. Of 226.56 tons gross; 215.24 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1855. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 127.2 x 25.8 x 9.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1889

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $400
Cargo: $3,600
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.83723 Longitude: -85.11368
William R. McNeil
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Ralph Campbell (Schooner), U21179, aground, 1 Oct 1855