The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Arcturus (Schooner), U568, aground, 6 Sep 1853

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A GALE. - The Chicago Tribune of Wednesday says:- The wind commenced blowing a gale, accompanied with heavy rain, early yesterday morning. The white capped waves told plainly that the storm was felt on the lake, and a fleet of vessels from Buffalo and the timber ports were soon in sight and making for our harbor, like frightened birds. We notice the following disasters to the shipping:
Schooner ARCTURUS, from Buffalo, while endeavoring to make the piers at 3 P. M., struck on the south end of the bar, under full headway. The Captain let go his anchor, lowered his sails, and remained quiet until the tug SENECA went to his assistance at dusk, and towed the vessel into port. The ARCTURUS carried away her jib boom in St. Clair River, and was obliged to throw a locomotive overboard in a heavy gale on Lake Huron, to free her deck.
A fore and aft schooner, believed to be the WORTHINGTON, of Cleveland, from Buffalo, grounded at noon on the outer bar, and remained at dark, with foresail and three jibs set trying to work off. The waves broke over her deck fore and aft during the afternoon. No aid had been sent to her up to 7 P.M., and it was not known whether she leaked or not. She pounded heavily when she first went on the bar.
      A herm brig, supposed to be the ALEX. MITCHELL, and the three masted schooner CHERUBUSCO, from lumber ports, were lying to leward of the piers most of the day, with both anchors out. They remained at dark.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, September 9, 1853

Schooner ARCTURUS. U. S. No. 568. Of 300.59 tons gross; 290.72 nons net. Built Huron, Ohio, 1853. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 139.0 x 28.0 x 10.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Arcturus (Schooner), U568, aground, 6 Sep 1853