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Nicaragua (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1857

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Schooner NICARAGUA, stranded near Bayfield, Lake Huron, with a cargo of wheat. Cargo lost, vessel will probably be got off. Property loss $21,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 28, 1858 (1857 Casualty List)

Schooner NICARAGUA, ashore near Kettle Point, with 15,000 bushels of wheat. The tug RESCUE has gone to her aid, but her fate is doubtful.
      Toronto Globe
      December 28, 1857
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      RAISING THE JAMES NAVAGH. - Messrs. Quigley and Cary, who took the contract for raising the schooners NICARAGUA and JAMES NAVAGH, have relinquished the latter, and it has been taken by the tug OSWEGO. She started last evening with steam
pumps and all the necessary apparatus. The NAVAGH is aground about 15 miles above Presque Isle. - Detroit Free Press, 8th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 13, 1858
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The Detroit Advertiser, of yesterday, states that the tug B.T. BRUCE had towed into port into port the schooner NICARAGUA, which vessel went ashore at Bayfield, on the Canada shore of Lake Huron, during the great gale of the 19th and 20th of November last, laden with 15,000 bushels of wheat. She was abandoned to the Underwriters, and Messrs. Carey and Quigley made a contract to get her off for $3,000. She is not much damaged; there is but one leak, and that a slight one; one of her main beams slightly sprung, masts standing, but booms gone, bulwarks broken up, and part of railing and stanchions gone, cabin entirely carried away. She will go immediately into dry dock for repairs. She was found deeply bedded in the sand; but after getting the wheat out of her, she soon got into deep water, and was kept clear on the way down most of the time by her own pumps.
      Buffalo Republic & Times
      Friday, April 16, 1858

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THE SCHOONER NICARAGUA OFF. - Yesterday forenoon, the tug B.F. BRUCE arrived here, having in tow the schooner NICARAGUA, which drove ashore this side of Bayfield, on Lake Huron, in the great gale of last November. The tug reached here
last Saturday, and found her embedded in sand and mud some eight or ten feet. Her cargo of 12,000 bushels wheat was thrown overboard, and a steam pump placed aboard. After some hard pulling the tug got her off, and started down with her on Tuesday
forenoon. Her bulwarks are all gone and her rigging damaged, but otherwise she does not seem to be much injured. She goes into dry dock for repairs. At the time she went ashore last fall she passed into the hands of the Underwriters. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 17, 1858

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THE NICARAGUA. - This schooner, stranded last November, 18 miles below Bayfield, with a cargo of wheat for Oswego, and afterwards got off and brought here, has now completed her repairs. New bulwarks, rail, arches and keelson have all been put in her, and she has been caulked and refastened throughout. Above rail she has had a complete new outfit, including, furniture, rigging,
chains, anchors and boats. She has also been painted, and now presents a handsome appearance, looking like a new craft. She is no doubt stronger and of more value than before she went on the beach. Her repairs cost about $4,000.
The NICARAGUA was owned by E.T. Lathrop, of Oswego, and insured in the Northwestern for $12,000, a portion of which risk was afterwards taken by the Commercial Mutual, Cleveland. The repairs were made by the Northwestern, under the personal supervision of their agent, Mr. Whiting, and inspector, Captain Pratt. - Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, July 1, 1858

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Freight: wheat
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    Latitude: 43.56679 Longitude: -81.69978
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Nicaragua (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1857