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Western Star (Schooner), aground, 6 Dec 1854

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WESTERN STAR Schooner, ashore near Goderich, cargo wheat. Property loss $16,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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We are also informed that a vessel, name unknown, has gone to pieces on the rocks this side of Goderich, in Lake Huron. Her captain came down yesterday.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, November 14, 1854

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The schooner WESTERN STAR, Capt. Beels, from Sheboygan, with 8,000 bushels of wheat, for Buffalo, struck on the night of the 6th. inst., on a reef off Kettle Point, Lake Huron, where she now lies fast. Part of the crew were left on shore to watch the vessel; the Captain and the balance of his crew arrived here last night. Capt. Beels was informed, at a tavern a few miles from Port Sarnia, that a three masted vessel had foundered off Goderich, and that all on board had perished, except a boy, who was taken from one of the hatches, by some Indians. The boy was on his way to Port Huron; and had given the name of his vessel to the Tavern keeper, who had forgotten it.-----Detroit Free Press

The following, which we find in the Chicago Tribune, will probably throw some light on the report brought by Capt. Beels. The vessel referred to was most likely the Barque COLONEL CAMP:

WRECKED.---A report was prevalent, on Water street yesterday, that the barque COL. CAMP, of this port, bound down, was wrecked on the Canada shore, and all hands lost, except a boy. The news was brought by the propeller IOWA, which came in on Sunday morning.------Chicago Tribune.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, December 14, 1854

NOTE:--The COLONEL CAMP being wrecked was untrue

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VESSEL WRECKED. -- The new schooner WESTERN STAR, owned by A.P. Lyman of Sheboygan and bound to Buffalo with a load of wheat was wrecked near Goderich, Lake Huron, on Monday week. Vessel and cargo a total loss - crew saved. The WESTERN STAR was a very fine vessel worth $12 or $13,000. She was insured in the Etna for $5,000. The wheat was probably insured in Boston. --- Milwaukee Sentinel
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      December 16, 1854
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The schooner WESTERN STAR, which went ashore near Port Frank, last fall, with a cargo of wheat for this port, will, we learn, prove a total loss.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, May 21, 1855

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The Milwaukee Sentinel states that the new schooner WESTERN STAR, owned by A.P. Lyman, of Sheboygan, and bound to Detroit, with a load of wheat, was wrecked near Goderich, Lake Huron, on Monday week. Vessel and cargo a total loss -- crew saved. She was worth some $12,000 -- insured for $5,000.
      Cleveland Morning Leader
      Thursday, December 21, 1854

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      The Evergreen City [Sheboygan] Times says that a fine schooner of 300 tons, built by A.P. Lyman, is nearly ready for launching, and two more on the stocks, one for Mr. Lyman, and the other for Mr. Ludington, of Sandusky.
      Cleveland Morning Leader
      Thursday, April 27, 1854 )

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Reason: aground
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Freight: wheat
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    Latitude: 43.215833 Longitude: -82.016666
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Western Star (Schooner), aground, 6 Dec 1854