The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Gerritt Smith (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1869

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SMITH, GERRITT Schooner, railroad iron; ashore near the Eau; got off.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      The schr. GERRITT SMITH of Oswego, bound up with railroad iron, is ashore at Rondeau. The schr. METROPOLIS of Chicago, is also ashore at the same place. The gale continues, and numerous marine accidents may be expected.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 8, 1869 3-5

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The stm. MAGNET arrived at detroit Friday night with the schr. GERRITT SMITH having experienced considerable difficulty in getting her afloat. The vessel's stern was almost imbedded in the mud and gravel which had formed a bank on the inshore side extending full 10 ft. forward of the main rigging. After about 150 tons of railroad iron had been removed to the lighter, the tug CHAMPION and stm. MAGNET commenced pulling, screws were applied on the quarter and after 15 hours constant work from the 2 powerful boats, the schooner came off all right, having suffered little damage.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 16, 1869 3-5

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Reason: aground
Freight: railroad iron
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.2975 Longitude: -81.888611
William R. McNeil
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Gerritt Smith (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1869