The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Gold Hunter (Schooner), aground, 6 Nov 1871

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Schooner GOLD HUNTER (Canadian), ashore in Georgian Bay; total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      A VESSEL ASHORE. - The Canadian steamer GOLD HUNTER, is ashore in Georgian
Bay, laden with lumber. An expedition will doubtless be fitted out at Detroit to go to her
release. The probabilities are, however, that she will prove a total loss. She was insured
in a Canada company.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, November 10, 1871

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      A dispatch from Owen Sound, dated Nov. 16, says: "The gunboat PRINCE ALFRED has arrived, with water in her hold. She went to secure the schooner GOLD HUNTER, and got her off, but had to cut adrift to save herself. The captain, mate and four men were on the schooner. The captain of the gunboat could not see the schooner, and though she had capsized. As soon as the weather permits, the gunboat will return to search for the disabled vessel."
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 17, 1871

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      The crew of the schooner GOLDHUNTER, which was recently stranded in the neighborhood of the Manitoulin Island, went down on the FRANCIS on Monday last.
Their vessel had been towed off by the gun-boat PRINCE ALFRED and was being taken to Owen Sound, when the storm of last Tuesday night arose. Having apparently capsized, the gun-boat was obliged to cut her loose, being unable to render any assistance in the darkness. Fortunately the schooner righted herself and was driven ashore at Cabot's Head and the crew succeeded in reaching land in safety. They were obliged to live for two days on boiled oats, and suffered other extreme hardships before reaching Owen Sound on Sunday.
      Meaford Monitor
      Thursday, November 23, 1871

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The crew of the Canadian schooner GOLD HUNTER which after being got off the rocks in Georgian Bay by the tug PRINCE ALFRED was abandoned in the storm by the steamer and reported lost. After being left by the steamer, the crew took to the small boat and after much suffering managed to reach the shore of Owen Sound, 40 miles from any habitation. The schooner sunk as they supposed, after they left her.
      Port Huron Times
      November 23, 1871

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Got off
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William R. McNeil
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Gold Hunter (Schooner), aground, 6 Nov 1871