The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Snow Bird (Schooner), sunk, 18 Nov 1867

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Schooner SNOW BIRD, foundered on Lake Erie; total loss.
      Marine Disasters 1867, Lake Erie
      Toledo Blade December 21, 1867

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      On Friday night week, the schr. SNOW BIRD, in command of Capt. David Vance, bound from Milwaukee to this port with a load of pig iron for the Cleveland Roling Mill Co., was driven by the force of the gale that then raged, past this port, and sought shelter under the lee of Long Point where she remained until Monday night, when in making for Cleveland, she ran on something, which the captain thinks was a sunken wreck, and knocked a hole in her bottom, from the effects of which she sunk in about 3/4 of an hour. Capt. Vance and the crew took to the small boat, and after a tedious pull of some four hours, the weather being extremely cold, they finally reached Port Rowan in safety. Nothing was saved, not even the books of the vessel, or clothing of the men. The SNOW BIRD was owned by Capt. Vance, he having bought her for $10,200 last spring. She was insured for $8,000. Capt. Vance arrived here Thursday. - Cleveland Herald, 23.
      Detroit Post
      November 26, 1867

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The sunken vessel at the Clay Banks is the SNOW BIRD. She was sunk last fall, Capt. David Vance is her owner.
      Buffalo Commercial ADvertiser
      June 1, 1868 3-4

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $8,000
Freight: pig iron
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Snow Bird (Schooner), sunk, 18 Nov 1867