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Grand Turk (Schooner), U10216, sunk by collision, 18 Nov 1854

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Schooner GRAND TURK, collided with Schooner ADVANCE, and was run into shoal water and sunk near Presqu'Isle, Lake Huron, loaded with r.r. iron and apples. Property loss $20,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      February 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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      GRAND TURK Schooner 327.42 Tons Valued at $12,000
      List of Vessels Which Became
      Total Losses During 1854
      Buffalo Democracy
      February 28, 1854

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COLLISION-- Schooner GRAND TURK lost. - A letter received yesterday forenoon, from Capt. Fargo of the schooner GRAND TURK, states that that vessel was run into by an unknown vessel in the snow storm of Saturday last, near Presque Isle and the GRAND TURK had both masts cut away, and her stern stove in, and commenced leaking so badly that the Captain had to run her into shallow water, where she sunk immediately, and will probably prove a total loss. The helmsman at the time of the accident, had his head severed from his body, and the body washed overboard; his head was found dreadfully mangled. The GRAND TURK cleared from this port for Chicago on the 8th. November, and had on board 300 tons railroad iron, and 800 bbls. apples. She was built at Irving, in this district during the past spring, and was owned by Capt. Fargo who sailed her, and C. Walker & Son of Chicago, and was insured for $12,000. What vessel ran into her, or what damage she sustained was not known.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Wednesday, November 22, 1854

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      SCHOONER "GRAND TURK" - We gave yesterday morning, all the particulars that had reached us of the loss by collision of the schooner GRAND TURK, near Presqu'Isle. It now appears that the vessel which ran into the GRAND TURK, was the schooner ADVANCE, bound from Chicago to Buffalo with grain. The Detroit Advertiser says "The schooner GRAND TURK and the schooner ADVANCE ran into each other somewhere in the vicinity of Presque Isle, in Lake Huron, and the GRAND TURK was so much injured that she sunk immediately after being struck. She was loaded with railroad iron for Chicago. The crew were all saved. We did not learn what injury, if any, was sustained by the ADVANCE.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, November 23, 1854

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The Steamer FASHION was to have left Detroit on Tuesday morning bound for Presque Isle on a wrecking expedition in search of the schooner GRAND TURK, which was wrecked last season.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, April 26, 1854

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SCHOONER "GRAND TURK" RAISED.- The schooner GRAND TURK which came in collision with the schooner DEFIANCE last November in lake Huron and sunk, has been raised with the aid of a steam pump, and after lighting was taken into Presque Isle for repairs. On examination it was found that the only damage she sustained was a hole in her side, which will be easily repaired, and she will immediately proceed on her way to Chicago with part of her cargo, which consisted of railroad iron. It was supposed last fall that she was a total wreck.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Friday, May 11, 1855

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Schooner GRAND TURK. U. S. No. 10216. Of 204.36 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: nil
Freight: R.R.iron
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.3514 Longitude: -83.48887
William R. McNeil
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Grand Turk (Schooner), U10216, sunk by collision, 18 Nov 1854