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Resolute (Schooner), aground, 15 Nov 1871

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Schooner RESOLUTE, ashore at Long Point; two lives lost; vessel total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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The schooner RESOLUTE, loaded with stones from Buffalo to Cleveland, sought the shelter of the Point on Tuesday, but her anchors failed to hold. On Wednesday morning she went ashore close to the light. She is in a very bad situation, and is said to be going to pieces. She was valued at $7,000, and owned by Peter Wex, Jr. Two of the crew, a sailor named Robert W. Adams, and the cook, named Sarah Donohue, were lost. Their bodies were subsequently recovered and brought to this city.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, November 18, 1871

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THE WRECK OF THE BRIG RESOLUTE. - The funeral of Robert Adams, sailor on the brig RESOLUTE, whose death by freezing on the wreck of that vessel we have before
noted, took place yesterday from St. Joseph's Cathedral. The funeral expenses were
defrayed by several sailors and other friends of the deceased, who followed the remains
to Limestone Hill Cemetery where they were properly interred. Coroner Vaughn
concluded the inquest on the body last night, and a verdict with the facts given below was
      It appears from the testimony of the principal witness during the inquisition, that the
RESOLUTE grounded off Long Point, Canada, about 2 o'clock last Wednesday morning.
There were on board ship at the time, the Captain, mate, four men and the female cook.
The sea was running very high, and it was feared the vessel would go to pieces. The Captain, mate, and three of the crew lashed themselves to planks, and junped into the sea, but Adams and the cook remained on board, being afraid to attempt to reach shore in that way. The men on the planks were washed to shore in safety. The next morning several of the men embarked on a boat which had been drifted from the wreck to the shore, and pulled out to the brig. The sea was still running very high, and the boat could not be pulled up to the wreck without endangering the lives of the crew. The Captain called on Adams to throw himself and the cook overboard and they would be picked up by the boat. But the parties on board would not comply with the appeal. The sea was breaking over the brig at the time. When the tug VULCAN, which was dispatched from Buffalo, reached the wreck, the body of Adams was found lashed to the timber head, frozen to death. The body of the cook has not yet been found.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, November 20, 1871

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The expedition set out to rescue the brig SAXON ashore at Long Point has returned. The vessel is a total wreck. Whe wreckers found on the shore the schooner RESOLUTE in the same locality with one of the sailors who had perished while lashed to the timberhead. They also rescued the schooner C.A. KING from the beach.
      Port Huron Times
      November 23, 1871

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Reason: aground
Lives: 2
Freight: stone
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Resolute (Schooner), aground, 15 Nov 1871