The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Avon (Propeller), aground, 1 Oct 1869

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AVON Propeller, cargo wheat and flour; ashore near Presqu'Isle, Lake Huron; a total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall

The stm. MAGNET on her second visit to the prop. AVON arrived October 28, at 7:30 A.M. Pumped her out and got her afloat at 4 P.M. and started for Presque Isle. The wind shifted from the southwest to northwest and blew a gale. The propeller rolled so that it was again found necessary to beach her in order to save life. She now lies about 80 rods east of Crawford's quarry dock, about 12 miles east of Forty Mile Point. Main deck under about a foot on the starboard side, aft. The MAGNET lay off the wreck during Friday and Saturday, the wind blowing a gale from the north. On Sunday got alongside and stipped the propeller and started for Detroit, arriving at 10 A.M. yesterday. - Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 5, 1869 3-4

DISASTERS - The stmr. CORTLANDT is reported ashore at Lakeport. The schr. A. BRONSON is ashore 10 miles below Sheboygan light. The prop. PACIFIC is hard aground on St. Louis flats, below the Dummy. The prop. AVON has disappeared entirely. During the gale Thursday night (11/4) several vessels parted their fastenings, among which were the tugs ECLIPSE and PARKER and the brig SUNBURN. The schr. DACOTAH, which arrived up yesterday, lost both anchors. Although no information has yet been received, we fear that the gale will be attended by a large loss among the vessels, and may unfortunately cost the lives of many seamen.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 19, 1869

      MARINE DISASTERS. -- The steamer CORTLAND is reported ashore at Lakeport.
      The schooner A. BRONSON is ashore 10 miles below Sheboygan light.
      The propeller PACIFIC, Capt. Ed. Kelly, is hard aground on St. Clair Flats, below the dummy.
      The propeller AVON has broken up and entirely disappeared.
      Two tugs with a powerful steam pump, have gone to the assistance of the propeller GRANITE STATE on Starve Island.
      The tug KATE GERLACH was burned to the water's edge about 6 miles off Cleveland yesterday. She had in tow the brig LEWIS, which had been pretty well stripped by the storm......
      Toledo Blade
      November 22, 1869

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Reason: aground
Freight: flour & wheat
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.3514 Longitude: -83.48887
William R. McNeil
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Avon (Propeller), aground, 1 Oct 1869