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Fame (Bark), U9213, aground, 2 Oct 1854

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FAME Bark, ashore near Goderich, C.W., Lake Huron. Property loss $27,000.
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (Casualty list)

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We learn that the barque FAME, owned by Nichols, Whitcomb & Armstrong of Detroit, went ashore in the late gale, near Goderich, on Lake Huron. She was bound from Chicago to this port, with a cargo of corn. She filled with water and sunk, and is in a critical situation. Capt Dorr left last evening to endeavor to get her off. She is fully insured.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, October 7, 1854

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Capt. Dorr, Marine Inspector, returned last evening to this city from a visit to the barque FAME, where she lies ashore on lake Huron. He informs us that she has partly careened over and that most of her cargo, which consists of corn, is damaged. Two vessels had been chartered, and a number of hands were removing the grain to these vessels. Should we have fair weather for a few days longer she will probably be got off not much damaged. Capt. Dorr left last evening with two marine pumps to pump her out.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, October 10, 1854

We learn that considerable of the cargo of the barque FAME has been removed, and that her owners Messrs. Nichols, Whitcomb & Armstrong, are making great efforts to save her from total loss. The prospect is fair that she will be got off and be ready for sea in a few days, unless a southeaster should spring up before the steam pumps have got her off the bottom. Her cargo was grain, and will be mostly spoiled, though some 3,000 bushels have been removed in good condition. --- Detroit Advertiser
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, October 14, 1854

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The Detroit Advertiser states that the schooner MARY WATSON arrived on Thursday with the sails, rigging, &c. belonging to the barque FAME lately wrecked on Lake Huron.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, November 27, 1854

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BARQUE "FAME" ---We learn from Capt. Bagnall that the barque FAME, which went ashore, last fall, near Goderich, on Lake Huron, has been got off and taken into that port for repairs.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, May 21, 1855

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BARQUE FAME.---The report that this vessel, which went ashore near Goderich, last fall, had been got off and taken to that port for repairs, is not true; men are at work at her, but she has not yet been got off.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, June 2, 1855

Bark FAME. U. S. No. 9213. Of 281.50 tons. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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Reason: aground
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Freight: corn
Remarks: Got off
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    Latitude: 43.75008 Longitude: -81.71648
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Fame (Bark), U9213, aground, 2 Oct 1854