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David Ferguson (Schooner), U6098, aground, 16 Oct 1871

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Schooner D. FERGUSON, cargo wheat, ashore at Kincardine; cargo total loss; vessel got off.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      SCHOONER FERGUSON ASHORE. - From a private despatch received here this morning, we learn that the schooner DAVID FERGUSON, of this port, went ashore at Kincardine, Lake Huron, last night. A tug and pump will be sent to her assistance from Detroit.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, October 17, 1871

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VESSEL RESCUED. - The tug GEN. GRANT has succeeded in rescuing the schooner DAVID FERGUSON from the beach at that place, and is now on the passage down. It is stated that there is a bare possibility of other vessels being rescued which lies scattered along that coast.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, October 26, 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 BRAINARD. 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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      THE WRECK FERGUSON. - This vessel arrived at Detroit Tuesday night, in tow of the tug GENERAL GRANT. Her deck is hogged, and she is badly out of shape. She had 8,000 bushels damaged wheat on board, and about as much more has been pumped out of her.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, October 27, 1871

Schooner DAVID FERGUSON. U. S. No. 6098. oF 223.47 tons gross. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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    Latitude: 44.18339 Longitude: -81.63307
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David Ferguson (Schooner), U6098, aground, 16 Oct 1871