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D. R. Martin (Schooner), U6134, aground, 24 Nov 1857

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Schooner D.R. MARTIN, stranded near Presqu'Isle, Lake Huron. Property loss $6,000
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 28, 1858 (1857 Casualty List)

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Detroit, Nov. 24. -- The schooner JOHN MARTIN, of Cleveland, is ashore near Presque Isle, a total loss. Crew saved.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 25, 1857

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We copy the following from the Detroit Tribune of Tuesday afternoon:
      The propeller OGDENSBURGH arrived at 4 o'clock this afternoon. She left Chicago last Tuesday night. She had a very stormy passage, and laid by two days at Manitowoc, during the height of the gale.
      The captain reports the new schooner JOHN MARTIN, of Cleveland, ashore four miles above Presque Isle, with her bottom all out. Crew safe.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, November 27, 1857

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The D. R. MARTIN is on a reef of rocks four miles above Presque Isle. This is the vessel mentioned last week as the JOHN MARTIN, ashore at the same place. She was loaded with coal, and bound up from Cleveland, where she belongs. If assistance could be got to her, she probably could be got off, and her cargo saved; but as she now lies, the first storm will force her on the rocks and break her up. The little AGATE will, without doubt, be a total loss, with a cargo of wheat and flour.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, December 5, 1857
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The tug RELIEF took on Capt. Ben. Stannard, of the Commercial Mutual Insurance Co., and went on an exploring expedition on Lake Huron. She will endeavor to take off the schr. D. R. MARTIN.
      Buffalo Republic & Times
      Tuesday, April 20, 1858

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      We learn that the schooner MARTIN, which went ashore near Presque Isle, in November last, and was reported as a total loss, has been got off, and is safely in Presque Isle harbor.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 6, 1858

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      THE "D.R. MARTIN" - This schooner was got off last Thursday, as we have already mentioned, and taken into Presque Isle. It required four steam pumps to pump her out. The largest share of the coal with which she was loaded was thrown overboard. She is to be filled with cedar posts and towed to Cleveland. -- Detroit Advertiser.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 8, 1858

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Schooner D.R. MARTIN. U. S. No. 6134. Of 326.19 tons gross; 309.89 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio 1857. Home port, Marquette, Mich. 137,5 x 30.4 x 11.5
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: aground
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Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.3514 Longitude: -83.48887
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D. R. Martin (Schooner), U6134, aground, 24 Nov 1857