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Marquette (Bark), sunk, 20 Nov 1867

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MARINE ITEMS. - The bark MARQUETTE was sunk the 20th inst., at Hope Island, in Georgian Bay.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Wednesday, November 27, 1867

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We learn by telegraph from Chicago to Capt. E.P. Dorr that the bark MARQUETTE, loaded with corn, and bound for Collingwood, sunk on the 20th on Hope Island, Georgian Bay.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 26, 1867 3-3

We learn by telegraph to Capt. E.P. Dorr, from Chicago, that the bark MARQUETTE, laden at Chicago with corn, for Collingwood, was sunk on the 20th on Hope Island, Georgian Bay.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 25, 1867 3-3

VESSEL AND CARGO LOST - The Collingwood Enterprize says; -- On Wednesday last, the brig MARQUETTE. for Collingwood, from Chicago, Captain Fountain, in a heavy snow storm was driven on the reef at Hope island, and in an hour and a half went down in 26 feet of water.
She had on board 20,000 bushels of corn consigned to Gooderhain & Worts, Toronto -no doubt insured in two offices in Chicago. It is not probable any attempt will be made to raise the vessel this fall. The captain and crew got ashore in their jolly boats and on Monday were brought here in Port's tug.
      Barrie Northern Advance
      December 5, 1867

PERSONALLY APPEARED Thomas Fountane, Master of the said Barque of 331 tons burthen, of the Port of Chicago, and brought with him Henry Hayes, Mate on board of the said Barque, declare and say:
That the said Barque being then tight, staunch and seaworthy and well and properly found and manned, left the Port of Chicago on Lake Michigan bound for the Port of Collingwood on Lake Huron at 7 A.M. on the 15th. day of November A.D. 1867, freighted with 20,000 bushels of corn - wind from the South West, and light. Ran to Sheboygan where we arrived on Friday night at 12 o'clock midnight. The wind then shifted to N.N.W., and rather lulled, stood in shore. At 8 A.M. on Saturday the 16th, very light wind, not too heavy a sea from the northward. At 3 P.M. Saturday wind stayed light from the West, steered N to Twin River Point. At 9 p.m. Point hard West about 2 miles - ran from there to South Fox Island on Sunday, passing South at a distance of a mile, wind increasing from N.N.W. at 3 P.M. on Sunday blowing a strong gale from N.N.W., furled all light sails and square sail, snug reefed top and mainsail and mizzen At 4 P.M. wind still blowing hard, bore up for Beaver Island and anchored in James Bay at 8 P.M. in 12 fathoms water. On Monday the 18th, at 7 A.M. weighed anchor and made all sail, wind West and light, no sea. Ran to Waugoshance Lighthouse and went through south channel at Mackinac and passed Sheboygan Light at 7 P.M. on the 18th., ran from there to Duck Islands, steering E by S, wind W light. Arrived at Outer Duck at 4 A.M. on 19th. Nov. stood E. by S. from there to Cove Island. At 3:30 P.M. Cove Island Light bore E. about 2 and 1/2 miles, wind S.W. and fresh. Rounded Lighthouse at a distance of 1/2 mile and hauled up for Echo Island, passed to east of Echo Island at a distance of a mile on Tuesday 19th. at 4:30 p.m. wind still S.W. fresh - furled mizzen, gaff, topsail main gaff topsail and square sail, double reefed mainsail, it being torn from the second reef to the foot 3 or 4 --- points across sail. Hauled up for the Bears Rump and passed to east and Flower Pot at a distance of about 1 1/2 miles wind S.W. fresh, this was about 5:30 P.M. on Tuesday 19th, at 6 P.M. passed east of Bear's Rump at one mile distance, at 6:10 P.M. hauled up for Cabots Head and arrived there at 7:45 P.M. in same day - distance 5 miles S. by E. At 8:10 P.M. on 19th, fresh gale from S.W., commenced to snow heavily, with much ----------, took in main topmast staysail, top-gallant sail and flying jib, single reefed topsail and mainsail and hauled up for Capr Crocker, steering S.E. at 9:30 P.M. on 19th. heavy sea from west wind S.S.W. heavy gale vessel labouring heavily and
making a little water for first time. At 12:10 A.M. on 20th. Wednesday gale increasing from S.W. sea heavy, vessel labouring a good deal and making water, pumps constantly operated and water kept clear, at 12:20 A.M. gale still increasing. Top-staysail halyards parted, rove nother halyard - reset sail - double reefed topsail and mizzensail - hauled down jibs and hauled up S. by E. wind S.W. Heavy gale and sea from W, still snowing heavily. At 2 A.M. on 20th, split foresail and topsail - from head to foot, rebent foresail, bent spare from staysail and set in place of foresail, this was about 5 A.M. on 20th. - for ---- --- -- -----, but could not tell position as vessel drifted a good deal for want of canvas - at 7 A.M. Hope Island was in view laying S.E. by E. , wind shift and stood to west, sea heavy and drifting badly to leaward. At 8 A.M. on 20th, wind ship and stood E.S.E, could not tack, sea too heavy, vessel free from water - at 8:30 A.M. finding the vessel drifting badly to leaward and that she could not weather Hope Island, ran for Giants Tomb, heavy gale and sea, weather thick intended to run to Penetanguishene - at 9 A.M. struck a rock, forward, heavily 2 miles from Hope Island 1 mile west. Started forward pump about 2 miles- did not stick on rock but commenced to fill with water rapidly - manned all the pumps and hauled up for Hope Island in order to beach vessel if possible - water gained on pumps rapidly and vessel settled fast - finding that it was impossible to keep the water under, prepared the boat, crew stand on board until water over the cantlings of hatches and got into boat - when vessel rolled over and went down in about 30 or 35 feet of water - wind blowing heavy gale - went to Hope Island and stayed until Thursday the 21st. at 8 A.M. when left for Collingwood and had to put back to Hope Island - left again on Friday at 7 A.M. for Penetanguishene, arrived there at 5 P.M. on Friday - came from there to Collingwood where arrived at 9:30 P.M. and made this Protest on the morning of 24th. at 1 P.M.

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: corn
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.905 Longitude: -80.180277
William R. McNeil
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Marquette (Bark), sunk, 20 Nov 1867