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J. S. Austin (Bark), aground, 9 Aug 1875

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The bark J.S. AUSTIN and schr. ATAUNTO ran on the pier at Leland during the late gale, and now lie within 100 ft. of each other. The AUSTIN was loading with iron from the north pier when the storm arose. She parted her lines and was driven entirely through the south dock. The ATAUNTO was served in a similar manner. She is going to pieces, and the tug RESCUE has abandoned her. The AUSTIN has only sustained the loss of her rudder and stern post, and the tug WINSLOW is working to get her off.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 17, 1875 3-5

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      The number of disasters by the late gale have been great.
The schooner ATAUNTO water-logged at Lealand, and is on the beach.
* The Barque AUSTIN is reported full of water in the vicinity of the Manotous.
The schooner BESSIE BOOLT was wrecked and abandoned on L. Michigan on Saturday. The vessel was picked up and taken to Grand Haven by a tug.
The ROSABELLE went to pieces off Grand Haven, crew saved.
The sloop JEWEL is wrecked at Escanaba..
The schooner DICK SOMERS, bound west was struck by lightning on Friday morning near Point au Pelee, Lake Erie, damaging her spars. In the afternoon of the same day, while at anchor, a squall struck her which parted her cable, and she lost her big anchor and sixty fathoms of chain, damages not far from $1,000, she proceeded on Monday.
The barge A. BRAYLEY was towed into Malden on Monday morning by the steamer BOB HACKETT. Crew all safe and damages slight.
The schooner PRINCESS ALEXANDRIA sunk last Sunday night while moored at Walkerville, above Windsor.
The schooner HERO, 60 tons, Captain O. Jobnson, loaded with wood at Connell's pier, eleven miles north of Detroit, on her way to Chicago was overtaken by a gale, lost her deck load, foresail and jib. She was beached and is a total wreck. No insurance. Crew saved..
The schooner MICHIGAN, bound down with a cargo of grain, was obliged to seek shelter under Point an Pelee. During the gale the MICHIGAN lost her fore-boom.
Mr. A. M. Eby, stewart of the propeller EMPIRE STATE, which arrived in Detroit on Tueaday, reports passing the schooner DAVID SHARP below Long Point with a lot of wet sails aboard, and.her crew engaged in raising a mast. out of the water, supposed to be the wreck of some
schooner. Also two barges ashore on Cat Head Point, but owing to the distance it was impossible to make out there names.
The steamer NEW ERA, which left Ludington last Thursday morning, towing a raft of 720,000 feet of logs, arrived at Grand Haven minus the raft, which went to pieces off Whitehall during the rough weather of Friday morning. It was thought thq NEW ERA would probably save
the greater part of the logs.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Friday, August 13, 1875

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      The schooner ATAUNTO is too badly injured to allow of her rescue from the beach near Leland. The D.S. AUSTIN lies not over a length from her but is not as bad a shape as previously announced. The tug WINSLOW is attempting her rescue.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, August 16, 1875

A private letter from Northport, Michigan, gives some additional information in regard to the barque J. S. AUSTIN and the schooner ATAUNTO, ashore at Leland. The AUSTIN was oading iron from the north pier when the storm arose. She parted her lines and was driven entirely through the south dock. The schooner ATAUNTO was served in a similar manner. Both vessels are damaged around the bows, and their outfits have also suffered. They lie in six feet of water and are leaking.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Thursday, August 19, 1875

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.02305 Longitude: -85.75981
William R. McNeil
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J. S. Austin (Bark), aground, 9 Aug 1875