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Helfenstein (Brig), U11144, aground, 1 Aug 1866

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HELFENSTEIN Brig of 329 tons, owned at Chicago by D. Lown. Bound from Buffalo to Harrisville, Mich, went ashore at Harrisville, Lake Huron, August 1866. Loss to ship $800 insurance $500
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
      1863-1873 U. S. Coast Guard Report

VESSEL ASHORE. - The brig HELFENSTEIN, laden with iron ore, sprung a leak on Sunday last, while on Lake Huron, downward bound, and, to prevent her sinking, was run ashore that night near Harrisville, some 18 miles above Sable River. The intelligence was received here yesterday, by telegraph, from East Saginaw. The wrecking steamer MAGNET was got in readiness, as soon as possible, and left yesterday afternoon for the scene of operations. The HELFENSTEIN is owned in Buffalo, by Mr. Harnett, and is insured in the Phoenix Insurance Company. - Detroit Free Press, 6th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 8, 1866

      BRIG HELFENSTEIN. - This vessel, which sprang a leak and was run ashore near Harrisville, on Lake Huron, Sunday before last, was brought to Detroit on Saturday last by the MAGNET. Some 50 tons of iron ore of this vessel's cargo was lost, but the vessel's damages can be repaired in a few hours by simply caulking more or less of her seams.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 12, 1866

Schooner HELFENSTEIN. U. S. No. 11144. Of 281.40 tons. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $800
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.6564 Longitude: -83.29469
William R. McNeil
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Helfenstein (Brig), U11144, aground, 1 Aug 1866