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La Petite (Schooner), U15100, capsized, 1 Oct 1871

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Schooner LA PETITE, cargo lumber, capsized in Lake Huron; crew saved, vessel a total
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      DISASTERS. - An Associated Press despatch dated Collingwood, October 22nd. says : "The schooner LA PETITE, of Huron, was towed into this harbor on Friday, waterlogged, having lost learly all of her canvas.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, October 23, 1871

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      THE TRIP OF THE BROCKWAY - The BROCKWAY left Port Huron last week Tuesday and arrived back October 24th. From Captain White we learn the following: The tug left for the relief of the barges BIRCHEAD and MILLS at Goderich, where the weather was very rough. The tug pounded heavily on the bottom at this place but sustained no serious damage. The barges she was after were 5 in number, washed ashore on the beach at Kincardine, the TWILIGHT and B RAINARD. Further on near Fishing Island near Georgian Bay she found the barge JUPITER and barge INDUSTRY which she brought to Chantry Island, where off the pier the schooner LA PETITE was found a total wreck and deserted. The crew had been taken off by the barge BIRCHEAD the week previous. The schooner LUCY AUCHARD was found near Goderich ashore and a total wreck, loaded with telegraph poles. The ADELAID HORTON was also on the pier at Goderich split in two, and of course a complete wreck. One man who was saved from the LA PETITE by the HORTON was wrecked a second time. The owners of the LA PETITE are Messrs. Wickham and Co., of Huron, Ohio. At Kincardine where the tug stopped there were washed ashore the bodies of three negroes, boxes of merchandise and between three and four hundred barrels of flour, probably part of the COBURN's cargo. . . . . . . The recent gales have been the cause of many disasters. The following disasters are reported: Schooner J.S. MINER of Detroit, went ashore Sunday near Kincardine, and has since gone to pieces; schooner DAVID FERGUSON has gone ashore and a total loss; LA PETITE capsized and lost on Lake Huron. . . .
      Port Huron Times
      October 26, 1871

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      SCHOONER LA PETITE. - This craft, which rolled over during the recent storm on Lake Huron, has arrived at Port Huron, having been picked up near Southampton, Ontario, by the tug BROCKWAY. Her cargo of lumber below deck, and the hull, was found in good condition.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, October 27, 1871

Schooner LA PETITE. U. S. No. 15100. Of 172.05 tons gross; 163.45 tons net. Built Horon, O., 1866. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 119.0 x 23.7 x 8.3.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1883

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Reason: capsized
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
William R. McNeil
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La Petite (Schooner), U15100, capsized, 1 Oct 1871