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Augustus Handy (Schooner), sunk, 7 May 1861

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AUGUSTUS HANDY, Schooner, cargo wheat, struck on the Spectacle Reef, Lake Huron, and sunk in deep water.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1862 (Casualty List 1861)

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      DISASTER. -- From a telegraphic dispatch received by Capt. E. P. Dorr this morning, dated Detroit, May 9, we learn that the schooner A. HANDY, loaded with 16,000 bushels of corn from Chicago to Kingston, struck on Spectacle Reef last night and sunk in deep water. The vessel and cargo is supposed to be a total loss.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 9, 1861

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      We have to record the loss of another vessel, the schr. AUGUSTUS HANDY, with a cargo of 16,000 bu. wheat. She was lost Tuesday (5/7) upon Spectacle Reef, Lake Huron, at 6:00 P.M. All hands were saved. The above intelligence reached us yesterday forenoon by the prop. CLEVELAND, she having brought down the crew of the lost vessel. The schooner is owned by R.H. Harmon, and we learn was fully insured.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 10, 1861

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      DISASTER. -- The propeller CLEVELAND arrived this morning from Chicago, having on board the crew of the schooner AUGUSTA HANDY, which vessel was lost on Spectacle Reef, Lake Huron, on Tuesday last at 6 o'clock in the afternoon, with a cargo of sixteen thousand bushels of corn. The Captain and his crew had barely time to save themselves by the small boat, with which they pulled to Cheboygan, and from thence to Mackinaw, where they met the above propeller. The crew saved nothing of their effects. The vessel after striking the reef, pounded for a few moments, and then worked off into deep water, wher she sunk to a depth of about twenty-four fathoms. The HANDY is owned in Cleveland by R. H. Harmon. --- Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 10, 1861

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $8,000
Cargo: $15,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.76807 Longitude: -84.13946
William R. McNeil
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Augustus Handy (Schooner), sunk, 7 May 1861