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Starlight (Schooner), U22390, aground, 10 Sep 1883

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      Abandoned by the Insurance Companies.
      [Special telegam to the Inter Ocean.]
      Port Huron, Mich., Sept. 18. -- The schooner STARLIGHT has been abandoned by the Insurance Companies, of which Captain James Reardon is wrecking master. Captain Marmon, of the STARLIGHT, says that his vessel is against a wall of solid rocks. She is broken in two forward of the mainmast, and full of water. There is talk tonight of the tug WINSLOW going up to look after her, and if she is found in fair shape an attempt will be made to release her.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, September, 1883

STARLIGHT Schooner, ashore Sept. 10, 1883. app Value $8,000. app loss $6,000
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

Captain James Riordon, of the firm of Crosley & Demick, insurance agents, who sold the risks on the wrecked Schooner STARLIGHT, ashore on Cove Island, have abandoned her as a total loss. Captain Norman, of the STARLIGHT, says that the vessel is in a much exposed position to heavy northeast winds that have been blowing for the past few days. He also thinks that the vessel has gone to pieces, as she struck a solid wall of rocks. He will leave tonight to strip the outfit from the vessel. She was not loaded, and was insured for $8,000. -- Buffalo Report
      Marine Record
      Sept. 20, 1883

Another important triumph in the line of wrecking has been achieved by the steamer ANDREW J. SMITH, of Murphy Bros.Line, in the rescue and getting into harbor of the Schooner STARLIGHT, stranded in Georgian Bay a short time since and abandoned as a total loss. The vessel had become wedged in a ledge of rocks, and so firmly that others who had undertaken the job, gave it up as hopeless. In order to move her, she had to be jacked up with screws. She will be brought here for repair. - Detroit Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 15, 1883

The Tug ANDREW J. SMITH, which rescued the schooner STARLIGHT in Georgian Bay, and afterwards took her to a place for temporary repairs, started with her for Detroit. When well out on Lake Huron a renewal of the storm set in with great fury. The lines parted, and in spite of every effort on the part of the tug, a rescue was utterly impossible and she was left to her fate. She had on board two steam pumps and the following men in charge:- James Flanigan: Thos. Mayiha: John Rono and L. Pepper, who, with the craft have, beyond a doubt, gone to the bottom.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 22, 1883

All hopes of ever seeing anyting more of the missing vessel STARLIGHT have been abandoned.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 29, 1883

Schooner STARLIGHT.* U. S. No. 22390. Of 307.72 tons gross; 292.34 tons net. Built East Saginaw, Mich., 1856. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      * Denotes vessel as Lost, Wrecked or otherwise out of service.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.306666 Longitude: -81.725
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Starlight (Schooner), U22390, aground, 10 Sep 1883