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Marquette (Schooner), aground, 1 Aug 1854

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MARQUETTE Schooner, ashore in Skillagalee, Lake Michigan, jettisoned cargo of oats. Property loss $5,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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The Democracy prints the following extract from the log of the brig BANNER, on the last trip from Chicago to this port. The particulars relate to the wreck of the MARQUETTE:-
      August 2.- At 7 o'clock, A.M., off the North Fox, wind N.W., laying our course down the Straits, saw a vessel on Skiligalee Reef, with her colors at half-mast. At 10, being abreast of her, she sent a boat off to us for assistance. We hove to, lowered the boat, put a large hawser into her, and with four men, went on board. She proved to be the schooner MARQUETTE, Capt. Mullen of Cleveland, bound from Chicago to Buffalo, with a cargo of oats. She ran ashore on Tuesday morning, in a fog. As soon as I got on board and saw her condition, we locked both boats together, and carried off the large anchor, hove a strain upon it, and commenced lightening by throwing the oats overboard. We continued heaving at the windlass, and throwing over the oats, until 7 o'clock in the evening, when the vessel began to move. We then stopped lightening, hove at the anchor, and at 8 o'clock, we had her afloat. We had thrown overboard about 6,000 bushels oats.
      R. Close
      Acting Master of Brig BANNER
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, August 12, 1854

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: oats
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.6764 Longitude: -85.17312
William R. McNeil
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Marquette (Schooner), aground, 1 Aug 1854