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Ataunto (Schooner), 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
      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
      The tug RESCUE has gone from Port Huron to the relief of the schooner ATAUNTO, ashore near Lealand.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Saturday, August 14, 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
THE ATAUNTO. -- The Chicago Times off the 20th says: The schooner ATAUNTO, which was driven ashore at Carp River last fall, got off, brought to Chicago in a badly demoralized condition, abandoned to the insurance companies, and sold by them to Senator Ferry, of Grand Haven, was rebuilt at the latter place during the past winter and spring, and converted into a barge. She arrived here on her first trip on Thursday, with a cargo of lumber. The ATAUNTO proved profitable to her owners while a full-fledged schooner, and will unquestionably in due time render good service in her present capacity.
      Cleveland Herald
      Tuesday, May 23, 1876

      NOTE:- The ATAUNTO was got off and repaired and altered into a 3-masted lake barge in 1876.
      Association of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Hull Register, 1879

Note:- The Ataunto is still listed in the Blue Books of American Shipping in 1896, but I have no casualty for her


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Reason: aground
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.02305 Longitude: -85.75981
William R. McNeil
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Ataunto (Schooner), aground, 9 Aug 1875