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Flying Cloud (Schooner), aground, 22 Oct 1861

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FLYING CLOUD Schooner, cargo wheat, ashore at Presqu'Isle, Lake Huron.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1862. Casualty List, 1861

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      Detroit, Oct. 25.
      Telegraph - Schooners FLYING CLOUD, L.M. MASON, UNION, E.C. GREY,
W.S. NELSON and C. HARRISON and three others, all grain loaded, are ashore
at Presque Isle, Lake Huron. The NELSON will prove a total loss. Assistance has
been sent from here to get them off.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 27, 1861

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      Extract from a letter dated Detroit, Oct. 25, in reference to vessels ashore
near Presque Isle, Lake Huron, reported in our yesterday's paper:
"The vessels ashore at Presque Isle went on, on the night of the 22nd., and at
about the same time. All except the UNION are close together, about one and a
half miles from the light (above.) The weather was thick at the time, and quite
dark, but a free use of the lead would have warned them of their danger. The
NELSON has gone to pieces, and the MASON, I fear, will prove a total loss, as
her box has raised her decks up considerable, and one side of them (the decks)
are partly gone. Her grain is all wet. The GREY had no wet grain when the
parties left, Wednesday morning, and will probably be got off if the weather
continues good. The FLYING CLOUD, of Clayton, is not insured---cargo all wet.
The other vesels are small, and are reported as not being damaged much. Tugs
OSWEGO and CANADIAN left today noon in charge of Capt. James Jones, with
steam pumps, &c."
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 28, 1861

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,500
Cargo: $15,000
Freight: wheat
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.3514 Longitude: -83.48887
William R. McNeil
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Flying Cloud (Schooner), aground, 22 Oct 1861