The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William Fiske (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1871

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Schooner W. FISKE, ashore at Cockburn Island, Georgian Bay; Total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      SCHOONER WILLIAM FISKE ASHORE. - A dispatch from Collingwood reports the WILLIAM FISKE ashore and sunk on Lake Huron. She was hogged and badly broken. She cannot be got off.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, October 19, 1871

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      SCHOONER Wm. FISKE A TOTAL LOSS. - Captain Kelly, of the steamer PACIFIC reports that this vessel, which went ashore near Cockburn Island, has become a total loss and has been abandoned. The FISKE was built in Buffalo in 1853 by VanSlyke & Notter, and was 401 tons burden, old style. Her present owner was Captain Buckley, who commanded her.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, October 25, 1871

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SCHOONER WILLIAM FISKE. - The outfit of this vessel which recently went ashore in Georgian Bay, arrived at Detroit Tuesday by the prop. CHINA. The situation of the FISKE is unchanged, and her recovery about hopeless.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, November 2, 1871

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The party which left here two weeks since for Georgian Bay to get off the schooner W. FISKE as reported at the time, have returned to this port. They succeeded in moving the vessel twelve feet and have now got her located with her bows in 6½ feet of water and her stern in 6 feet. At this juncture for some reasons unexplained they were obliged to return here without the entire outfit of the vessel. Eventually she will undoubtedly be got off and the recent expedition must not be considered a failure.
      Toronto Globe
      September 21, 1872

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.924444 Longitude: -83.370555
William R. McNeil
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William Fiske (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1871