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Miami Belle (Schooner), U16616, aground, 1 May 1883

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Port Colborne, Ont. May 27. -- The schooner MIAMI BELLE ran ashore early this morning on Gull Island, near Port Maitland, during a sense fog on the lake. She was bound to Oswego with corn from Toledo. The captain came ashore in the small boat and drove here for assistance. Two tugs with a line left here this afternooon to try and pull her off. She carries 16,000 bushels of corn, and 268 tons.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

Port Colborne, Ont., May 27. -- Both tugs returned here tonight from the schooner MIAMI BELLE, and report her lying on rock bottom about 20 inches out, and full of water, and were unable to assist her any until a steam pump is procured.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

      A despatch from Port Colborne this morning says the schr. MIAMI BELLE is ashore on Mohawk Island reef full of water. She is bound for Oswego with 17,000bu. corn. Tugs were sent to her assistance, but returned, and reported they were unable to keep her afloat.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 28, 1883 3-8

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      A despatch to Smith & Davis from Port Colborne this morning says that pumps have arrived at the schr. MIAMI BELLE, and as soon as the vessel is released she will be brought to Buffalo, with her cargo of grain.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 29, 1883 3-9

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      The stranded schr. MIAMI BELLE, was brought into port yesterday afternoon by the Canadian tug W.A. ROOTH, and put into Mill's & Co.'s drydock. It was necessary to keep a steam pump working as she was leaking badly. Her captain says that about 7,000 bu. of her cargo of corn was pumped out.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 31, 1883 3-10

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      The damaged corn on the schr. MIAMI BELLE, amounting to 8,500 bu., was sold at auction yesterday, bringing $2.50 per bushel.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 1, 1883 3-4

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      The Canadian Tug W.A. ROOTH, on Wednesday afternoon arrived (at Buffalo) with the Schooner MIAMI BELLE, which had been ashore on Mohawk Island. She was leaking freely and a steam pump was used to keep her afloat. She was placed in one of Mills Drydocks. The schooner had on about 17,000 bushels of corn from Toledo for Ogdensburg, about half of which was pumped overboard. - Buffalo Commercial Advertiser.
      Marine Record
      June 9, 1883

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Schooner MIAMI BELLE. U. S. No. 16616. Of 268.63 tons gross. Home port, Toledo., Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

Schooner MIAMI BELL. U.S. No. 16616, of 268.63 tons gross; 255.20 tons net. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. Changed name to LIZZIE P. BETTS on September 10, 1884.
      List of Vessels Whose Names Have been
      Changed under the Act of March 2, 1881
      U. S. Merchant vessel List, 1885
Schooner LIZZIE P. BETTS.* U.S. No. 16616. Of 268.63 tons gross; 255.20 tons net. Built at Toledo, O., in 1856. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 138.4 x 25.4 x 10.7
* Formerly schooner MIAMI BELLE.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1892

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Reason: aground
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Freight: corn
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    Latitude: 42.834722 Longitude: -79.522777
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Miami Belle (Schooner), U16616, aground, 1 May 1883