The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ashland (Schooner), aground, 22 Aug 1887

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Sand Beach.---The steamer D.C. WHITNEY, owned by david Whitney, of detroit, and valued at $100,000 is on the rocks and in great danger of going to pieces. She is laden with iron ore and bound from Ashland to Cleveland. While coming down Lake Huron with the schooner ASHLAND in tow, she got out of her course and brought up on Hardwood reef, about one mile this side of Port Hope. news of this disaster reached here at 3 o'clock Saturday morning, and the tug JOHN GREGORY with the life saving crew aboard at once started to the rescue. They found both vessels lying in four feet of water. The ASHLAND was released and towed here, she is but slightly damaged. The WHITNEY could not be released. She is on the rocks full one half of her length, and is pounding badly. Her forefoot has been twisted off and she is leaking so that her pumps are kept in constant motion. The wind is blowing hard from the Northwest and the sea is rising rapidly. Unless the storm moderates the chances are that the steamer will not last. She was built in 1882 and measures 1,013 tons.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Aug. 25, 1887 p. 5

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.94084 Longitude: -82.71271
William R. McNeil
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Ashland (Schooner), aground, 22 Aug 1887