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Explorer (Schooner), sunk, 4 Sep 1883

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The schooner EXPLORER, which was scuttled in Georgian Bay seventeen years ago, and last summer purchased for $3 or $4 by a Goderich man and raised, arrived in Sarnia on Wednesday with a load of general freights.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

      One of the sad events of the week was the loss of the small Schooner-Yacht EXPLORER with all hands, on Lake Huron while enroute from Goderict to Georgian Bay. The vessel seems to be ill-starred from the first, it being charged that she was purposely scuttled a year or two since, in order to obtain the insurance on the hull and cargo, which was for more than it was worth. The party so charged came out in the papers with a flat denial, but the diver who examined the hull before she was raised affirmed its correctness. -- Detroit Report.
      Marine Record
      Sept. 13, 1883

The schooner EXPLORER (once scuttled in Georgian Bay in Nov. 1867, then raised last year) went ashore on Greenock Shoal during the gale of Tuesday last and was lost with all hands.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, September 17, 1883

EXPLORER Schooner of 20 Tons, and 13 years of age. Valued at $1,500, became a total loss on Lake Huron during 1883
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

EXPLORER Schooner, lost on the Greenough Bank, near Stokes Bay, Bruce Peninsula, September 4, 1883. She was owned by E.N. Lewis of Goderich, and was under the command of Captain Charles Wood, the captain and his crew of three men were drowned. The two masted schooner was launched at Chatham, on the River Thames in 1866 and had a very tragic background. (part)
      Shipwrecks of the Saugeen
      by Patrick Folkes

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 4
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.991111 Longitude: -81.459722
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Explorer (Schooner), sunk, 4 Sep 1883