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Eagle Wing (Schooner), aground, 18 Nov 1869

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EAGLE WING Schooner, ashore at Colchester, Lake Erie; one life lost; vessel got off.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall

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The schr. EAGLE WING of Detroit, with a cargo of coal is a total loss on Clay Banks. The cook was lost, and the others greatly exhausted, having been in the rigging for 22 hours. The schrs. SCOTLAND and KATE ROBINSON are ashore in the same neighborhood. A dozen others are reported ashore at the west end of Lake Erie. Their names have not been ascertained.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 20, 1869 3-6

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      Detroit, Nov. 19. -- The steam barges HENRY HOWARD, WARRINGTON, and schooner WARNER, are ashore in Saginaw Bay. The two former insured in the Republic, Chicago. The tug and pumps were sent from here.
      The following disasters on Lake Erie :
      The propeller GRANITE STATE, full of water on Gull Island Reef.
      Brig CONCORD, of Detroit, cargo of coal, lost off Port Bruce. All but mate and two sailors perished.
      Schooner CHICAGO, ashore opposite Cleveland. Probably a total loss.
      Schooners QUICKSTEP and HANSON, CHICAGO ashore off Long Point. Several others in the same vicinity, names unknown.
Schooner EAGLE WING, Detroit, with a cargo of coal. Total loss....
      Toledo Blade
      November 20, 1869

Marine Disasters. -- The schooner EAGLE WING is ashore near Colchester Reef, Lake Erie. Her cook, John Mahona, of Buffalo, perished from exposure.
      Toledo Blade
      November 22, 1869

Amherstburg, Nov. 16. -- The schooner EAGLE WING was wrecked last night, on Lake Erie, near Oxford. All hands were saved excepting the steward, who, it is supposed, fell from the rigging.
      Meaford Monitor
      Friday, November 26, 1869

The tug SAMSON, which has been at work on the schr. EAGLE WING, returned to Detroit on Friday for further material, and was to go back to Malden in the evening. So far as the effort made to pump the vessel out have been of no avail, and fresh canvas and caulking will be needed. The cabin is entirely gone, and the vessel is in fact completely submerged.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      December 7, 1869 3-5

Wednesday evening it was learned that the schr. EAGLE WING was near Colchester Pt., ashore, and it has since been ascertained that one of the crew, the cook John Mahoua, of Buffalo, perished from exposure. She went ashore after parting her chains, and the captain and the crew were kept in the rigging from 3 P.M. on Wednesday until 3 A.M. on Thursday, before rescued, the sea making a clean breach over the vessel. She was loaded with 336 tons of iron ore for the Peninsular Iron Co., of Detroit, and cleared from Cape Vincent. The EAGLE WING is owned by Capt. P.J. Ralph and John Hosmer and valued at $12,500, and insured for $10,000 in Cleveland companies. She now lies about 2 miles from Colchester Pt., and a few lengths from the second wood dock, and is full of water.
      Detroit Free press
      November 20, 1869

      WRECKING. -- The Post says the steamer JAY COOKE returned to Detroit on Sunday, with the schooner EAGLE WING. The schooner with a cargo of 350 tons of iron ore, was sunk off the Clay Banks, In Lake Erie, during one of the November gales. The COOKE set out for her rescue on Monday of last week, but was detained at Malden by rough weather until Friday afternoon. Then she succeeded in reaching the vessel and found her with her rails under water. Submarine divers went down and closed the hatches, and the vessel was floated after 20 hours persevering work.
      Toledo Blade
      December 22, 1869

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Reason: aground
Lives: 1
Remarks: Got off
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    Latitude: 41.98339 Longitude: -82.93314
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Eagle Wing (Schooner), aground, 18 Nov 1869