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Arabian (Brig), sunk, 29 Nov 1856

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Brig ARABIAN, cargo merchandise, ashore on Goose Island, Lake Huron, got off and sank.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      The brig ARABIAN, with merchandise from Oswego to Chicago, is ashore on Grosse Island, near Mackinac.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, November 1, 1856

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      BARK ARABIAN SUNK. - The Chicago Press of Tuesday, says the schooner FORTUNE arrived at that port on Monday, with the Captain and crew of the bark ARABIAN, which sunk last Saturday off Point Betsey, while in tow of the propeller OGONTZ . She had been ashore near Mackinac, but had been freed of her cargo and got off with the assistance of a steam pump. While being towed the pump became clogged up, and the water made so fast that she settled rapidly. The propeller finding her towing so heavy, cut her loose and came on, leaving her crew of twelve persons on board. The ARABIAN sunk in about two hours, and the crew saved themselves by taking to the small boat, and were picked up by the FORTUNE.
      This account renders the conduct of Capt. Wolkinson, of the OGONTZ, very reprehensible, and no reasonable excuse is offered for it. The ARABIAN was owned by Messrs. Fitzhugh & Littlejohn, of Oswego.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, December 4, 1856

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,000
Cargo: $20,000
Freight: merchandise
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.69111 Longitude: -86.25537
William R. McNeil
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Arabian (Brig), sunk, 29 Nov 1856