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Red, White & Blue (Bark), U56571, aground, 20 Oct 1871

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Bark RED, WHITE & BLUE, cargo wheat, ashore at the Beavers; pulled off.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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DISASTERS. - The bark RED, WHITE & BLUE is reported ashore on Gull Island, near the head of Beaver Island. She had a cargo of wheat consigned to Buffalo. Assistance has gone to her.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, October 26, 1871

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BARK RED, WHITE & BLUE. - A letter fron Captain Lewis, of the bark RED, WHITE & BLUE, states that his vessel ran ashore on Gull Island, neat the Beavers, last Friday night. On the following day, by jettisoning a portion of her cargo, she was floated off, but soon drifted on again. She was out 10 inches when the captain wrote, but did not leak. Assistance has been sent for. As the wind had been from the northward for a day or two past, it is probable that by throwing overboard more of her cargo, she has been got afloat. Her cargo consists of 27,000 bushels of wheat, shipped from this port by Angus Smith. It is fully insured in the Atlantic Mutual. - Mil. Wis.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, October 27, 1871

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      OFF AND IN PORT. - A special despatch to Capt. E.P. Dorr says: " The bark RED, WHITE & BLUE, recently ashore on Gull Island Reef, Lake Michigan, is off and in dry dock at Detroit. She will proceed to Buffalo with her cargo. She jettisoned 2,000 bu wheat to get off. The balance of her cargo is dry and in good order."
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, October 30, 1871

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THE RED, WHITE & BLUE. - This vessel arrived here today. She is minus her centreboard, and will probably have to go into dry dock for repairs, as the result of her mishap at the Straits.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, November 2, 1871

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Schooner RED, WHITE, and BLUE. U.S. No. 56571. Of 38.78 tons gross; 36.85 tons net. Built at Oakley, Mich., in 1887. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 70.0 x 16.3 x 3.9
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.66472 Longitude: -85.55731
William R. McNeil
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Red, White & Blue (Bark), U56571, aground, 20 Oct 1871