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Racer (Schooner), U21189, aground, 7 Oct 1858

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Schooner RACER , cargo of grain, ashore at Old Mackinaw, got off. Property loss $18,200.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      SCHOONER ASHORE. - The GALENA passed down yesterday. She reports a large black fore-and-after, with black gaffs, booms and bowsprit, ashore in the bight near McGulphin's Point, above Old Mackinac. She is heavily loaded and very hard on, being two feet out of water. Being on a lee shore, and the wind blowing very heavy, the GALENA Could not go to her. She had a signal of distress flying.
      Since the above was prepared, the propeller BUCKEYE, Capt. Rossman, has arrived from Chicago. Capt. Rossman says the wrecked schooner at Old Mackinac is the RACER, bound down, with rye, oats, &c.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, October 13, 1858

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      THE RACER. - This schooner, driven ashore near Old Mackinac in the recent gale, has we learn by the WABASH VALLEY, been got off by the LEVIATHAN.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, October 23, 1858

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      ARRIVAL OF THE RACER. - The tug LEVIATHAN, owned and commanded by Capt. Hart, arrived here yesterday, with the schooner RACER in tow. The RACER, it will be remembered, went ashore at Old Mackinac, during the gale of the 7th, inst. Capt. Hart succeeded in getting her off on Monday, and has towed her in here for repairs, and she now lies at Jones' dry dock, below the Straight Cut. Her cargo is a total loss, and the damage to the vessel is considerable. - Milwaukee News.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, October 25, 1858

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      The schooner HERALD passed down yesterday with all the cargo of the RACER that was saved, consisting of 3,000 bushels rye and 4,000 bushels corn. The amount lost must, therefore, be 7,000 or 8,000 bushels. - Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, October 27, 1858

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      The schr. RACER which was wrecked at Mackinac last fall, is now nearly repaired, and will be launched next week at Jones' shipyard. Capt. Adams has had her repaired in a very substantial manner, which will enable her to continue in her class with the underwriters. - - Milwaukee News, Thursday
      Detroit Free Press
      July 10, 1859

Schooner RACER. U. S. No. 21189. Of 257.79 tons. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: grain
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.7839 Longitude: -84.72783
William R. McNeil
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Racer (Schooner), U21189, aground, 7 Oct 1858