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Tubal Cain (Bark), aground, 1 Nov 1867

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The owners of the bark TUBAL CAIN received a dispatch yesterday stating that she had gone to pieces at Twin River, Lake Michigan, and with her cargo was a total loss. The career of this vessel has become somewhat brief, and we may add, an unfortunate one. She was built at this port two years since and was owned by Whitaker & Beals, and we learn was insured for $10,000, or about that sum.
      Detroit Post
      November 27, 1867

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      The Manitowoc Tribune gives the following particulars of the wreck of the bark TUBAL CAIN near Two Rivers:
      "On Sunday morning last at about 4:00, the bark TUBAL CAIN, with about 18,000 bu. wheat from Milwaukee, struck the beach about 2 miles north of Two Rivers. The wind at the time was S.S.E. and blowing very hard, with rain and a dense fog. The vessel at the time was under a good headway, making about 8 miles an hour, and went hard on. The captain's intentions were to keep nearer the west shore than the east because he expected a nor'wester, but he was not quite far enough east to clear Two Rivers Pt. The moment the vessel struck, the sea commenced going clear over her, and the crew were in imminent danger, but they kept their hold until daylight, when they escaped in the small boat. In
the evening of Sunday the sea went down so that the captain went aboard and secured some of the sails, about $200 worth. At the time there was only 5 ft. of water in the hold, but in the evening there came on a gale from the northeast which soon rendered it certain that the craft and her valuable cargo would be a total loss. On Monday the cabin was washed away and she settled till she was 8 ft. under water amidships. It is thought that her anchors and rigging may be saved, and that is about all."
      Detroit Post
      December 4, 1867

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Reason: aground
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 44.15388 Longitude: -87.56925
William R. McNeil
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Tubal Cain (Bark), aground, 1 Nov 1867