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Malakoff (Schooner), sunk, 20 Oct 1857

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MALAKOFF Schooner, ashore near Port Elgin, Lake Huron, Got off and sunk with steam pump on board while towing to Detroit. Property loss $9,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 28, 1858 (1857 Casualty List)


The Detroit Tribune says the schooner MALAKOFF, bound from Cleveland to Chicago with a load of coal, was driven ashore at Saugeen in the late gale, where she filled with water. She lost both anchors. The vessel and cargo are probably a total loss. The MALAKOFF is an old revenue cutter lengthened out. She is owned by J. M. Boylan of Milan, is valued at $5,000, and is insured in the Toledo Mutual and the Northwestern.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, October 26, 1857

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      THE CREVOLA. -- This schooner, which collided with an unknown brig on the night of the 22d ult., arrived at Detroit on the 30th, in tow of the tug EXPERIMENT, and is discharging her wheat, after which she will go into dry dock. The CREVOLA was towed down to Algonac by the tug RESCUE, when the latter left to go to the assistance of the schooner MALAKOFF.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, November 4, 1857

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THE MALAKOFF SUNK. -- The Detroit Tribune of yesterday says: "The tug RESCUE arrived here yesterday. We are informed by her officers that they succeeded in pulling off the MALAKOFF, and towed her within six miles of Goderich, when she filled and sunk, with the pumps of the Buffalo Mutual on board. This occurred at 3 o'clock on Monday morning. She sunk completely out of sight."
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, November 12, 1857

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      The Detroit Tribune says the tug RESCUE will return and make an attempt, with the assistance of Green's divers, to recover the steam pump of the Buffalo Mutual from the schooner MALAKOFF. They will also try to get the schooner into shallow water, as a preliminary towards raising her.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, November 13, 1858

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THE MALAKOFF ABANDONED. -- A despatch was received from Goderich, yesterday, by the agents of the Lake Navigation Company, stating that the schooner MALAKOFF had finally been abandoned. The tugs RESCUE and UNCLE BEN, with the aid of the diver who went up with them, has succeeded in recovering the Worthington Pump which sank with the MALAKOFF'S anchors and chains. The two tugs were at Goderich waiting for better weather. -- Detroit Advertiser.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, November 21, 1857

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      A party in Goderich, Canada, contemplates making an effort to raise the schooner MALAKOFF, sunk in Lake Huron, about four miles off that port. In 1857 she went ashore, during the month of October, near Port Elgin, laden with coal. A tug with steam pump, was sent to release her. She was got off, the pump put on board and started for Detroit. After a short distance the steam pump became chocked and the vessel went down, with the pump valued at $2,000 and the vessel at $8,000. A part of the coal had been taken out, leaving about 50 tons on board. She was comparatively new, and was insured in the Toledo Mutual and Northwest Companies.
The party above referred to was here on Saturday to engage a diver to ascertain the condition of the hulk. The MALAKOFF was built at Milan O. (Detroit Dispatch)
      Marine Record
      July 2, 1885

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.43605 Longitude: -81.38981
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Malakoff (Schooner), sunk, 20 Oct 1857