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Golden Fleece (Bark), U10197, aground, 1 Aug 1871

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GOLDEN FLEECE Schooner, on Port Austin Reef; got off badly damaged.
      Marine Disasters of the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall.

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      THE BARK "GOLDEN FLEECE." - This vessel, which mistook the dock light at Port Austin for the Point aux Barques light, and ran on the reef at the latter place, was, at last accounts, still on. Her position was a very dangerous one, especially as the lake has lowered since she struck.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, August 11, 1871

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      THE GOLDEN FLEECE ABANDONED BY HER OWNERS. - The latest accounts received relative to the bark GOLDEN FLEECE, report her situation extremely critical. On Wednesday she was abandoned to the Underwriters by the owner William
Egan, of Chicago, and further aid in behalf of the insurers has been forwarded to the point of the disaster. Wednesday evening a marine inspector arrived here from Buffalo, and yesterday morning left with the tug HECTOR, with two steam pumps shipped from Trowbridge & Wilcox's house. The FLEECE has considerable water in and the weather is adverse. Unless immediately released her destruction is a forgone conclusion. - Detroit Post.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, August 12, 1871

THE GOLDEN FLEECE RESCUED. - Captain Rice, Marine Inspector of the National Inurance Company, telegraphed to Messrs. D.P. Dobbins & Son, Friday night that an expedition to the relief of the bark GOLDEN FLEECE, ashore among the rocks at Port Austin, had been entirely successful, and with continued good fortune, Capt. Rice expected to have her in dry dock at Detroit by Saturday morning.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, August 14, 1871

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THE GOLDEN FLEECE OFF. - This bark arrived at Detroit Saturday afternoon. She floated after about 200 tons of ore, which was afterwards lost, had been Jettisoned. The partial service of one steam pump kept her clear during the passage. Her damages are not severe. She has been towed to Erie to unload and repair.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, August 15, 1871 3-4

Schooner GOLDEN FLEECE. U. S. No. 10197. Of 45.96 gross tons; 429.37 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1862. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 161.0 x 30.5 x 12.2.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
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Freight: ore
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Golden Fleece (Bark), U10197, aground, 1 Aug 1871