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Forest King (Bark), U9151, aground, 1 Oct 1869

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Unknown vessel , cargo coal, on Western Islands, Georgian Bay; total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall

FOREST KING Bark, on Western Islands, Georgian Bay; total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall

      MARINE CASUALTIES ON THE GREAT LAKES I863 -I873 (Records of the United States Coast Guard)
Barque FOREST KING 345 tons, owned at Buffalo N.Y. by O. Bugbee. Bound from Collingwood to Buffalo N.Y.
vessel went ashore on Western Islands in Georgian Bay, Lake Huron October I869.
Loss to ship $20,000 Loss to cargo $I3,500
Insurance on ship $I8,000 Insurance on cargo $9,500- No lives lost
( a penciled -- alongside.the entry,denoting SUNK)

FOREST KING. Barque belonging to New York, 3 years old, bound from Owen Sound to Byng Inlet.
(the rest of the report is misprinted and is referring to another vessel at Port Stanley, leaking Oct.I2th.)
      Dept.of Marine and Fisheries- Statement of Wreck & Casualty I969

      The bark FORREST KING, J.W. Louttel, master, was totally wrecked on a rock point of one of the group known as the Westen Islands, in Georgian Bay, where she struck on the morning of the 21st instant. The captain and crew, 10 in number, succeeded in reaching the island, which was about 30 ft. in circumference, where they remained 20 hours, and finally succeeded in escaping to Christian Island, 35 miles distant. The bark FORREST KING rates B1, 3 years old, and measures 345 tons, new measurement and owned by O. Bugbee of Buffalo, and G.P. Hosman of Lockport, and was partially insured.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      October 29, 1869

About fifteen years ago Captain Waddell, of Chatham was sailing a small two mast schooner, EXPLORER, in to Tobermorey Bay, with a cargo of whiskey, pork, and mill castings. The crew consisted of the Captain and two sailors. The EXPLORER never reached her destination, and was supposed to be lost with all hands. Subsequently the Captain turned up and reported that the vessel had been lost on the reef near Bear & Flower Pot Islands, and that the two sailors had both gone down with her, while he alone escaped.
The vessel was insured and the Captain got the insurance money. The next season Captain Waddell was drowned on a trip in a small boat to Flower Pot Island, where he went, it is alleged, for tne purpose of taking away the cargo of the EXPLORER, the theory being that he had landed the cargo and afterwards scuttled the ship.
Suspicions of foul play were rife at the time, but the vessel could not be found,and the interest in the matter died away. Five or Six'
years ago the EXPLORER was discovered by Chas. Earle, of Tobermorey in the bay, in about seventeen fathoms of water, several miles from the reef alluded to, but nothing was done to raise her until recently, when the Port Huron Wrecking Company sent a wrecking tug, and raised her and towed her into Tobermorey Bay, where she now floats.
A diver who descended into the vessel where she lay before she was moved states that she lay on her beam ends and he could not
get into the cabin, but after she was righted, he went down a second time and found the cabin door had opened and he saw a corpse of a man upright in the cabin. After the schooner was towed to shallow water the body could not be found, and it is supposed that the motion of towing had caused it to float away from the wreck.
The suspicions of the cause of the loss of, the ship were fully confirmed by the discovery that there are thirteen two-inch augur
holes in her bottom, and from eight to ten tons of stones, but not a particle of cargo.
The wrecking tug proceeds next to the Western Islands, where it is intended to raise the FOREST KING' which sank in a snow storm in the month of November about eight years ago. She was a threemaster, and loaded with coal.
      Meaford Monitor
      Friday, June 30, 1882

RIG: Bark
GROSS: 345.46 (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878)
HOME PORT: Buffalo, NY (Pre-list); Toledo, OH (1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878)
YEARS LISTED: Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878.
      Mvus, pre-list to 1885

      DISTRICT OF BUFFALO CREEK. Official Number -- 9151
      Port Of Buffalo -- Permanent Enrollment No.288 of 1866
Type. Barque
Tonnage 345. 46/100 total tonnage
When built 1866
Where built Buffalo, N.Y.
Builders name George Campbell, Shipwright
Date of certificate November Ist. 1866
Date of registration at port of Buffalo:- November Ist.1866
Date of previous enrollment: No previous enrollments
Description of vessel:-
Length. 160 feet & 6/IOths.
Breadth 28 feet & 9/IOths.
Depth 9 feet & 3/IOths.
Masts Three
Decks. One
Stern. Square ..
Figurehead. None (Plain)
Present master Wm.H.Louttit
Subscribing owners:- Oliver Bugbee of Buffalo N.Y. and Gustavus P. EiJsmer of Lockport, N.Y.;
each own one half part.
Capacity under tonnage deck 335.40
Capacity between decks above tonnage deck 10.06
Total Tonnage 345.46

      Number 6 of 1869 -- Temporary
Type. Barque
Tonnage 345. 46/100
Official Number 9151
When built 1866
Where built Buffalo N.Y.
Builders name Date of registration at port of Cleveland:- September 29,1869
Previous enrollment:- Port of Buffalo No. 62 of 1868 dated Oct.2, 1868 now surrendered by change of home port
Description of vessel:-
Length 160 feet & 6/IOths.
Breadth 28 feet & 9/IOths.
Depth 9 feet & 3/IOths.
Masts. Three
Decks. One
Stern. Square
Figurehead None (Plain)
Present master James H.Louttit
Subscribing owners:- Gustavus P.Hosmer of Lockport N.Y. owns 3/4 ths. and Oliver Bugbee of Buffalo N.Y. owns 1/4
NOTE No endorsement appears on the reverse side of Register number 6 of 1869
therefore there is no official verification of the fate of the vessel, there is however no further enrollments.

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Forest King (Bark), U9151, aground, 1 Oct 1869