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Blazing Star (Schooner), U2868, aground, 12 Nov 1883

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The vessel reported sunk near Rondeau Point is supposed to be the BLAZING STAR, which left Port Colborne Sunday and has not been heard of since.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 15, 1883 3-3

The BLAZING STAR is supposed to be sunk 20 miles off Rondeau.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 15, 1883 3-4

Belleville, Ont., Nov. 16. -- The schooner BLAZING STAR, which went down in Lake Erie on Sunday morning last, was commanded by Captain John Hurley, formerly of this city. It is supposed that all hands were lost.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

Capt. J. Hurley of the schr. LEADVILLE and Capt. P. Griffin of the schr. BLAZING STAR, arrived in the city from Erie last night, accompanied by the members of their crew. They reported this morning that both of the vessels which went ashore at Long Pt. during the gale are complete wrecks. The BLAZING STAR was also owned by Cummings of Oswego. She was built in 1873, registered 279 tons, and was valued at $10,000, her insurance amounts to $8,000. The crew feel under great obligation to Capt. W.H. Bogart of the prop. ROANOKE of this port. While the storm was raging they say Capt. Bogart, who was at Port Colborne started out on purpose to render them assistance, and stayed in the vicinity of the wreck for 2 days, until the crew were able to put out to him in their small boat, by which they had reached shore. Many steamer passed them before this, refusing even to answer their signals of distress. When they were finally able to board the ROANOKE, Capt. Bogart treated them all, 15 in number, in the most hospitable way and landed them at Erie. The captain is deserving of the highest praise for his bravery and manly act.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 16, 1883 3-4

The schr. BLAZING STAR, which was ashore on Long Pt. was got off on Wednesday and is now in Port Dover. She was brought to Buffalo today by the tugs W.C. ROOTH and HECTOR, and will be docked and repaired here.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 30, 1883 3-4

The schooner BLAZING STAR which was ashore at Long Point, was released Wednesday.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, November 30, 1883

BLAZING STAR Schooner, of 265 Tons Reg. and 11 years of age. Home port, Oswego, N.Y. Bound from Port Colborne to Detroit vessel stranded on Long Point, Lake Erie November 12, 1883 during a gale. She is listed as a partial loss of $50.
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty for 1883
      Department of Marine and Fisheries

BLAZING STAR Schooner, foundered November 15, 1883. App. value $9,000 app. loss $9,000
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

BLAZING STAR Schooner. Official U. S. No. 2868. of 279.17 Gross Tons. 265,21 Tons Net. 137 x 26 x 10 Built Manitowoc, Wis. 1873. Home port, Oswego.
      Merchant Vessel List of the U. S., 1886

NOTE:- the Globe Casualty List for 1883 is obviously in error.

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $50
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
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Blazing Star (Schooner), U2868, aground, 12 Nov 1883