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Butcher Boy (Bark), U2583, sunk by collision, 30 Sep 1872


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The following disasters were reported on Lake Erie from Detroit, yesterday afternoon and last night.
The schr. ANNIE VOUGHT, bound up, is reported having collided with some unknown vessel at the head of Lake Erie carrying away her headgear and sinking the other vessel.
Later - The schr. ANNIE VOUGHT has arrived at the drydock at Detroit. The bark BUTCHER BOY was badly damaged, and lies sunk between Little Pt. and Bar Pt. She is likely to be a total loss.
The following is is the Press dispatch of last night. "Bark BUTCHER BOY sunk; probably a total loss. The ANNIE VOUGHT collided with the BUTCHER BOY and was badly damaged and brought into drydock today.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 1, 1872 3-6

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      THE LATE STORM
      List Of Vessels Lost On Lake Erie
      Detroit Sept. 30,- The following disasters are reported on Lke Erie:- Bark BUTCHER BOY, sunk, probably a total loss;
Schooners QADES and FAYETTE BROWN, ashore, badly damaged.
ANNIE VOUGHT, collided with BUTCHER BOY, badly damaged, brought to the dry dock today.
Schooners VAN VALKENBURG, PHALAROPE, KENOSHA, YANKEE BLADE, FENTON and the
SWEEPSTAKES, are ashore and more or less damaged.
Brig. MONTEZUMA, ashore and gone to pieces -- the Captain's wife reported drowned.
barges TREAT, HARVEST, BELLE, and DETROIT, beached, many scows and small vessels sunk or driven ashore...
      Toronto Mail
      Tuesday, October 1, 1872


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Mr. John Quinn, the diver, reports the wreck of the BUTCHER BOY, which was sunk during the late gale by collision with the schr. ANNIE VOUGHT, to be in a position dangerous to vessels passing that way. The wreck lies from Bar Pt., E.S.E. and is about midway between Colchester and the point. The distance from the shore is 3 1/2 miles. There is 14 ft. depth of water over her aft, and 17 1/2 ft. forward. The bowsprit is yet attached to the hull, with considerable elevation outboard.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 12, 1872 3-5

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The schr. OWASCO, which got ashore and sunk during the past week by running on to the wreck of the bark BUTCHER BOY, has been got off. Nearly her entire cargo of corn is damaged, and the injuries to her bottom were so severe as to require 4 steam pumps to keep her afloat until she could reach Detroit.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 14, 1872 3-5

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The Coast Wrecking Co. have contracted to raise the bark BUTCHER BOY, of Chicago, which was wrecked last fall with a cargo of coal near Bar Pt. The BUTCHER BOY was comparatively a new vessel of 360 tons measurement, and one of the finest crafts on the lakes. It will be remembered she was in company with the schr. ANNIE VOUGHT, and was crushed by the latter coming against her during the violence of the gale.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 22, 1873 3-4

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It is reported that the bark BUTCHER BOY, sunk below Bar Pt., has been raised by the Coast Wrecking Co. and taken to Detroit.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 27, 1873 3-5

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It appears the report that the BUTCHER BOY, ashore below Bar pt., had been raised was errouneous. On the contrary considerable difficulty has been experienced. However, the wreckers persist in their work and they report success almost certain.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 6, 1873 3-6

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      PROGRESSING. - The wreckers engaged in raising the BUTCHER BOY below Bar
Point have made good progress, and in a few days it is expected both vessel and cargo will be brought into port.
      Detroit Post
      Saturday, June 7, 1873

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According to a dispatch to Messrs. Smith & Davis, of this city, the wreckers have, after a long seige, succeeded in raising the bark BUTCHER BOY, and taken her into Detroit.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 19, 1873 3-6

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      The wreck of the BUTCHER BOY, which was raised a few days since has been towed down below the Michigan Central depot for the purpose of taking out the remainder of her coal. It was stated on what seemed as a creditable source, that the vessel had been sold to Capt. Joe Nicholson of this city. Upon inquiry of that gentleman he stated that such were the facts, but that the other party had gone back on this agreement and the sale which had been virtually made.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 22, 1873

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The bark BUTCHER BOY, recently raised at the head of Lake Erie, has been put in condition to take on a cargo of pipe staves at Detroit for this port. She will be overhauled, here, and it is presumed her repair bills will reach about $10,000. Capt. Nicholson, of Detroit, says he supposed he had bought the vessel, but the bargain fell through.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 24, 1873 3-4

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The bark BUTCHER BOY has been thoroughly rebuilt at this port, and is about ready to put to sea. She is said to be as good as a new vessel. When wrecked she was abandoned to the underwriters, and Messrs. Smith & Davis have had charge of her reconstruction.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 13, 1873 3-5

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The BUTCHER BOY was out last evening for the first time since her reconstruction, and attracted considerable attention from her fine appearance. She is now a 3-master and schooner-rigged. Her upper works were all new, including the masts and outfit. Messrs. Vosburgh & Baker furnished the outfit. She is owned by the following gentlemen; E.B. Smith, Capt. Thomas Crosby and Messrs. Anderson & Harnett, by whom she was raised and put in her present serviceable condition.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 15, 1873 3-4


Schooner BUTCHER BOY. U. S. No. 2583. Of 359.76 tons gross; 341.78 tons net. Built Depere, Wis., 1868. Home port, Marinette, Wis.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884


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Reason: sunk by collision
Freight: coal
Remarks: Raised
Date of Original:
1872
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McN.W.14330
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.055277 Longitude: -83.116388
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William R. McNeil
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Butcher Boy (Bark), U2583, sunk by collision, 30 Sep 1872