The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John Q. Adams (Schooner), lightning, 1 Jul 1833

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We regret to learn that the schr. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, which left this port on the 15th. inst, for Sault Ste Marie, was struck with lightning. Three out of five men, who were on board, were killed--two instantaneously. Three head of cattle and twenty four of sheep shared the same fate. The vessel, with the exception of her mast, which was shattered, was not materially injured. She returned to Detroit.
      Cleveland Weekly herald
      July 27, 1833 p.3 col.2

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      The schooner JOHN Q. ADAMS, Capt. B. Stanard, of this port, bound from Cleveland to the Upper Lakes, was struck by lightning a short time since near Fort Gratiot, on Lake Huron, and a brother of the captain and two other hands killed, and another so badly injured it was thought he would not recover. Two or three head of cattle, and more than 20 sheep were also killed. The lightning struck the main mast. The schooner has returned to Detroit.
      Buffalo Patriot
      July 30, 1833

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Reason: lightning
Lives: 3
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
William R. McNeil
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John Q. Adams (Schooner), lightning, 1 Jul 1833