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George C. Drew (Schooner), aground, 1 Aug 1866

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GEORGE C. DREW, schooner, ashore at Charity Island, August 1866. Went to pieces, a total wreck. Property loss, hull $3,900 cargo $1,800
      Casualty List for 1866
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      February 26, 1867

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G.C. DREW Schooner of 130 tons, owned at Chicago by Mr. Nichols. Bound from Saginaw to Chicago, went ashore at Charity Islands, Lake Huron, August 1866. Loss to ship $3,900 insurance $1,800
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
      1863-1873 U. S. Coast Guard Report

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      SCHOONER DREW. - The schooner GEORGE C. DREW, reported ashore at the Charity Islands, Saginaw Bay, it was stated yesterday has gone to pieces. The DREW was built at Cleveland in 1848, and was 130 tons burthen. - Detroit Free Press, 14th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 16, 1866

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      SCHOONER GEORGE C. DREW. - This vessel, which some days since got on the Charity Islands, in Saginaw Bay, and subsequently stripped of her outfit, is to be got up and taken into port, if such an undertaking can be consummated. For this purpose the steamer MAGNET left this port on Monday to visit the wreck, and no doubt will succeed in her mission. The cargo has been taken out of the vessel, and the prospects are favorable for effecting her release. - Detroit Free Press, 22.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 24, 1866

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      RETURNED. - The steamer MAGNET, which left here for Saginaw, a day or two since, to visit the wreck of the schooner GEO. C. DREW, returned to this port yesterday. The remains of the lost vessel are in a locality dangerous of approach, being surrounded by numerous boulders. The steamer was in consequence debarred from gaining nearer access to her than about a quarter of a mile. She will now be finally disposed of by the elements - perhaps after the next storm nothing will be visible of her. - Detroit Free Press, 23.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 25, 1866

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $3,900
Cargo: $1,800
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.0314 Longitude: -83.43552
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George C. Drew (Schooner), aground, 1 Aug 1866