The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Prudence (Schooner), aground, 1 Jul 1826

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On Friday last the schooner PRUDENCE, from Cleveland, bound to Black Rock, grounded on a reef of rocks in the lake, from which she was got off in a short time without the slightest injury. The small and well known reef reef on which the PRUDENCE struck is situated about half a mile from the eastern shore of the lake, in a line between the mouth of the two harbors ( Buffalo & Black Rock), and almost exactly equi-distance from each. A vessel on its direct course down the lake, bound to either harbor, would not sail within three quarters of a mile of it. It rises so near the surface that it can always be discovered by the breaking surf whenever the lake is in the least agitated by wind; and its situation so well known that this is the first instance we recollect of a vessel's striking on it. The whole secret of this accident is that the PRUDENCE was a new vessel, just fitted out, and was navigated by its owner, who pretended to no knowledge of the lakes, and who on his arrival at Black Rock, employed a Captain to sail her, as it had been his intention to do when he left Cleveland.
      Black Rock Gazette
      July 13, 1826 ( condensed)

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.262222 Longitude: -79.073055
William R. McNeil
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Prudence (Schooner), aground, 1 Jul 1826