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Kyle Spangler (Schooner), aground, 19 Nov 1857


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A despatch received by Mr. Eustaphieve, of the Buffalo Mutual Insurance Company, dated Chicago, November 27, says the bark GREAT WEST, and schooners MINNIE KINNE, KYLE SPANGLER and two others, names not known, are ashore at the Manitous.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, November 28, 1857

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      The crew of the schr. KYLE SPANGLER came down on the ALLEGHANY from Sleeping Bear Bay, where the vessel was cast away.
      She left Chicago on the 17th with a load of wheat for Buffalo. When off the Beavers the schooner sprang a leak, and she ran for the Manitous, at the same time hoisting a flag of distress. The propeller IOWA was in Beaver harbor at the same time with steam up, but for some unaccountable reason did not come to the assistance of the SPANGLER. The Captain cast his anchors and lay to for a short time; but a trial of the pumps showed that the water was gaining fast upon them, so the anchors were shipped and the vessel ran on the beach.
      Even then they were not out of danger. The boats had been lost, and it was impossible to get ashore until Capt. Collins of the GREAT WEST, which lay wrecked near by, persuaded a part of his crew to go with him to the rescue of those aboard the SPANGLER. If it were not for the humane conduct of Capt. Collins, the whole crew of the SPANGLER must have perished. As it was, they suffered much. Many of them had their hands and feet frozen, and for 3 days and 2 nights were without food.
      Detroit Free Press
      December 1, 1857
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      A WRECKING EXPEDITION. - The schooner CHIEF JUSTICE MARSHALL arrived here from Cleveland yesterday, took on a steam pump (Worthington), and sailed hence on a wrecking expedition to Sleeping Bear Bay, to get off the bark GREAT WEST and the schooner KYLE SPANGLER, which went ashore there in the great gale of Nov. 20th. Both vessels were loaded with wheat, and it is feared will prove total losses. The SPANGLER is owned in Cleveland, and we believe the GREAT WEST is owned in Buffalo. The former was valued at $14,000, and the latter at $15,000. - Detroit Adv. 10.
      Buffalo Daily Republic & Times
      Tuesday, April 13, 1858

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THE KYLE SPANGLER. - This vessel, which was wrecked last fall, on her downward passage with a load of grain, was towed into Milwaukee, on Sunday morning, says the Sentinel, by the tug McQUEEN, of Chicago. The KYLE SPANGLER had two steam pumps at work on board to keep her from sinking, and her appearance altogether was rather a dilapidated one. She now lies in the river opposite the shipyard of Capt. Jones, awaiting repairs.
      Buffalo Daily Republic & Tomes
      Thursday, May 6, 1858

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      THE BARQUE "GREAT WEST".---The Barque GREAT WEST, which was wrecked last fall at Sleeping Bear Bay, has finally been got off, and was towed down the river yesterday, by the tug OSWEGO, on her way to Cleveland, where she will undergo repairs. It will be remembered that the GREAT WEST together with the schooner KYLE SPANGLER, went ashore at Sleeping Bear Bay, during the terrible storm in November last, and were both abandoned to the Underwriters. Some time since Capt. R. Dill, of Buffalo, contracted to get them off, and with the schooner C.J. MARSHALL, and two of Palmer's steam pumps, proceeded to the scene of the wrecks. The vessels were found deeply imbedded in the sand, and a less energetic person than Capt. Dill, would have failed in the work. But the task of getting them off has finally been accomplished, and considering their condition, in an unprecedented short space of time. The vessels were both fully laden with wheat. The GREAT WEST, was insured for $12,000, principally in the North Western.---Detroit Advertiser.
      Cleveland Morning leader
      June 7, 1858

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      The schr. KYLE SPANGLER, which will be remembered, went ashore last fall near Sleeping Bear, and was given up as a complete wreck, has been thoroughly repaired, and is now loading with wheat in our river, and looks as good as new. Capt. Dill succeeded in raising her with his Palmer pumps, and she was towed in here last spring, and has since been undergoing repairs. Her repairs have been very thorough, and she now comes out in as good condition as ever, if not better. She has had new fastening, throughout, an extra and new keelson, and whenever a piece of iron or wood could be put to make her stronger, it has been done. Extra clamps have been put under the deck rails, and bolted through each
stanchion, rendering her bulwarks unusually strong. Her cabin is new, the old one having been entirely washed away. The canvas and running rigging are also new, and with the paint and trimmings she looks as though she was just launched The cost of the repairs was almost $8,000. The owners are the Corn Exchange and Mercantile Mutual Insurance Co., of New York represented in Buffalo by John N. Gardner. She is commanded by Capt. Alexander. - Milwaukee Sentinel, Wed.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 1, 1858

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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1857
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McN.W.12862
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English
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William R. McNeil
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Kyle Spangler (Schooner), aground, 19 Nov 1857