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E. Fitzgerald (Schooner), U8790, aground, 6 May 1883

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The schr. E. FITZGERALD, with coal from this port for Chicago, went ashore yesterday one mile north of Point Pelee light, but was lying easy. Captain Langdon went to Detroit for assistance.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 5, 1883 3-8

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      The schr. E. FITZGERALD is ashore at Point au Pelee, Lake Erie, loaded with coal for Chicago. She measures 297 tons, classes A2, and is valued at $10,000. Haley of Buffalo, a trimmer, is the owner. The hull insurance, $7,500 is in the Boston Marine.
LATER:- A despatch received here this morning says that the tug OSWEGO arrived at Detroit with the schr. FITZGERALD Sunday. The vessel was pulled off in 12 hours.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 7, 1883 3-8

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      The speedy release of the FITZGERALD is largely due to the energy of Capt. Dan Langdon, who worked day and night to get her into safe quarters. Capt. Langdon, although a young man, has a good record, the mishap of last Friday being the first accident of any kind that has happened to a vessel in his command.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 9, 1883 3-8

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Schooner FITZGERALD, is of the fleet which went ashore on Pelee Island, has been released and towed to Detroit, where the cargo is being taken out.
      Marine Record
      May 12, 1883

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Schooner E. FITZGERALD. U. S. No. 8790. Of 297 tons. Built Port Huron, Mich., 1870. 134.8 x 26.9 x 11.1
      Herman Runge List

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Reason: aground
Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.781388 Longitude: -82.657777
William R. McNeil
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E. Fitzgerald (Schooner), U8790, aground, 6 May 1883