The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
H. Fitzhugh (Schooner), aground, 29 Aug 1871

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Schooner H. FITZHUGH, cargo coal, ashore at Mackinaw Island; got off.
      Marine Disasters of the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall.

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      NARROW ESCAPE OF THE SCHOONER H. FITZHUGH FROM DESTRUCTION. - A Mackinaw correspondence of the Detroit Post, writing under date of August 30th, says: The schooner H. FITZHUGH, of Oswego, laden with coal, while passing through the channel between Round Island and Mackinaw, under full sail, and with a strong east wind, ran on the shoal of Mackinaw Island, inside the buoy. This occurred about eight o'clock yesterday morning. The tugs MAGNET and LEVIATHAN were both absent. Two vessels of our fishing fleet (the propeller ISLANDER and the schooner LITTLE EDDY.) commenced lightering her cargo, but were obliged to stop work on account of a heavy gale, which commenced blowing from the southwest and continued through the night. This gale raised the water so much that the vessel floated off early this morning without further assistance. She now lies at anchor in the bay, waiting for a change of wind.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, September 5, 1871

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Reason: aground
Lives: mil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.86446 Longitude: -84.6256
William R. McNeil
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H. Fitzhugh (Schooner), aground, 29 Aug 1871