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Golden West (Schooner), U10199, aground, 22 Oct 1884

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GOLDEN WEST Schooner. Home port, Chicago. On Oct. 22, 1884 vessel went ashore in Georgian Bay, with a cargo of corn, and became a total loss. Cargo loss $15,000. Hull loss $16,800. Insurance $29,000.
      Disasters to Lake Shipping, 1884
      Cleveland Herald Nov. 28th. 1884

Chicago. -- The schooner GOLDEN WEST, Captain John Sullivan, which went ashore on Snake Island, Georgian Bay entrance, corn laden, is owned by Brosseau, of Chicago. Her hull is insured for $14,000, of which $9,00 is in the cargo pool placed in the Continental Company, and $5,000 in the Greenwich, outside the pool. Captain George McLeod, wrecking master for Smith & Davis, has left Owen Sound with the INTERNATIONAL to look after the GOLDEN WEST. From accounts received, however, she, with her cargo, will prove a total loss.
      Marine Record
      October 30, 1884

WIARTON. -- The schooner GOLDEN WEST, Captain J. C. Sullivan left Chicago October 18th. with 31,000 bushels of corn, bound for Midland. She encountered a heavy snow-storm on Lake Huron, the 22 nd., with heavy winds, west northwest. She made Cove Island Light about 6 p.m. , and passed it by 8 p.m. She went ashore on Smoke Shoal at 9 p. m., about one and a half miles from Flowerpot Island.
The crew remained on board until 9 o'clock the following morning, when they were taken off by the steambarge UNITED LUMBERMAN, Captain G. H. Morden, which was at Tober Moray (sic.) wind bound. The crew of nine were all saved. The schooner and cargo will be a total loss.
When the Captain left the vessel the corn was running out through a large hole. Captain Sullivan arrived in Wiarton and cannot speak too highly in praise of Captain Morden for the gallant manner in which he came to their rescue, and saved himself and crew, and the kindness rendered him after reaching Tober Moray.
The GOLDEN WEST was owned at Chicago by Z. P. Brosseau. She was built at Milwaukee in 1861, by Jones and registered 456 tons, rated A 2½, and, according to the Inland Lloyds, was valued at $12,500. The hull is insured for $14,000 in the pool. The cargo is insured for $15,000 in the Continental, St. Paul's and the British America.
      Marine Record
      October 30, I884

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Schooner GOLDEN WEST. U. S. No. 10199. Of 456.63 gross tons; 433.80 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1861. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $16,800
Cargo: $15,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.515555 Longitude: -81.070277
William R. McNeil
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Golden West (Schooner), U10199, aground, 22 Oct 1884