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Gem of the Lakes (Schooner), capsized, 1 Aug 1866

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GEM OF THE LAKES Schooner, cargo spokes, sprung a leak and capsized on Lake St. Clair, August 1866. Property loss, hull $500 cargo $200
      Casualty List for 1866
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      February 26, 1867

      SHIPWRECK - NARROW ESCAPE OF THE CREW. - The schooner GEM OF THE LAKES, on Tuesday night, deposited her cargo in Lake St. Clair, and narrowly escaped drowning the crew. She took on a cargo of spokes at Baptiste Creek for this port, and shortly after taking her departure, sprung a leak and rolled over. The crew clung to the wreck for twenty-four hours and finally succeeded in reaching the shore on pieces of the wreck, having been forty-eight hours without food. The vessel, it is though, will be recovered. - Detroit Free Press, 17th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 20, 1866

      SCHOONER GEM OF THE LAKES. - This vessel which sprung a leak and capsized a short time since in Lake St. Clair, with the loss of her cargo, has been rescued and brought into port, minus her sails and the greater part of her rigging. She has sustained no serious damages in her hull, and can yet be made a good serviceable craft. Since her recovery she has been purchased by E. Kanter, Esq. - Detroit Free Press, 9th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 12, 1866

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Reason: capsized
Hull damage: $500
Cargo: $200
Freight: spokes
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.400277 Longitude: -82.624166
William R. McNeil
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Gem of the Lakes (Schooner), capsized, 1 Aug 1866