The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Saginaw Courier (Saginaw, MI), 2 Dec, 1874

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The schooner La Petite left Chicago on Tuesday, the 10th of November, with a cargo of wheat in bulk and corn in bags aggregating 32,000 bushels. On the night of the 11th she sprung a bad leak, and endeavored to reach Ludington harbor. Failing in this endeavor, the captain headed her for Manistee, but before reaching that point she brought up on the outer point off Big Point au Sable, eight miles from land, in eight feet of water. Previous to striking, the vessel had lost her jib, flying jib, forestaysail, bowsprit, jibboom and foremast. After she struck, her main and mizzenmasts went by the board, and the schooner began to break up rapidly, her deck being washed away within twenty minutes after the mizzenmast fell. The crew in the meantime clung to the forecastle deck, and when that washed away the first and second mates, O. C. and Charles Wood, brothers of the captain; also the cook, David Teachout, and Wm. Wilson, a seaman from Buffalo, were drowned. The captain, O. B. Wood, had his arms broken by the falling of a square-sail yard, and owes his salvation from drowning to the efforts of a pet Newfoundland dog. One of the seamen had supported the captain until his strength failed, when the captain slipped from his grasp and as he fell into the water, the dog seized and supported him until succor was afforded by the crew of the steam barge Charles Reitz, which discovered and bore down on the wreck. Had it not been for this fortunate circumstance all hands would undoubtably have perished. The crew of the La Petite consisted of 10 persons, six of whom were saved. The vessel hailed from Huron, where Capt. Wood, her owner, resides. She was three years old and considered a staunch craft. Originally she came out as a brigantine, but was afterward altered into a three-and-aft schooner. She cost $22,000, but was worth probably $16,000 at the time of her loss.

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LA PETITE (US#15100) was actually built at Huron in 1866 and was thoroughly rebuilt in 1871 after a wreck. She was also recovered from THIS disastrous incident, and sailed until September of 1903, when she foundered off Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
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2 Dec, 1874
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Saginaw Courier (Saginaw, MI), 2 Dec, 1874