The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Portage (Schooner), lost mainmast, 1 Aug 1871

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Schooner PORTAGE, lost her mainmast near Portage, Lake Superior.
      Marine Disasters of the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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PORTAGE Schooner of 224 tons, owned Oswego by S. Dolittle. Bound from Marquette, Lake Superior to Cleveland, Lake Erie, lost her mainmast on Lake Superior, August 1871. Loss to vessel $200.
      Marine Casualties of the Great Lakes 1863 to 1873
      Report of the United States Coast Guard
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      MAINMAST GONE. - The schooner PORTAGE, bound to Portage River recently, lost her mainmast in a gale on Lake Erie, and was towed into Cleveland.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, August 22, 1871

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NOTE:- big difference in Location of casualty; there is a Portage River on Lake Erie. The Buffalo Commercial Advertiser's version is believed and is being documented as the proper casualty.

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Reason: lost mainmast
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Portage (Schooner), lost mainmast, 1 Aug 1871