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Annie Vought (Schooner), U1588, aground, 6 Dec 1867

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MARINE DISASTERS - Buffalo, Dec. 7 - Despatches received here last evening, report the loss of the new barque ANNIE VOUGHT, of Buffalo, and schooner J.C. MAGILL, on Spectacle Reef, Lake Huron.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Saturday, December 7, 1867

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      LOSS OF THE BARKS "ANNIE VOUGHT" AND "WINSLOW" - The following is the account of the loss of these two vessels, which struck on Spectacle Reef, Lake Lake Huron, on Friday night of week before last. The VOUGHT was trying to make an entrance into the Straits of Mackinac, but losing one of her principle sails, was driven back into the lake, and while beating back over this distance, and in the midst of a dense fog, ran ashore. The bow of the vessel and her bottom forward were very seriously injured, and within a few hours she had four feet of water in her, although the stern was entirely free of the rocks, and had 180 feet of water under it. The captain and crew took to their boat and made the land. They then endeavored to sail up as far as Duncan City, but the weather was so rough that the route by water had to be abandoned, and all hands walked the distance and thence came down on propellers. Captain Orr, of the VOUGHT, charges that while the vessel lay on the rocks, the propeller FOREST QUEEN passed almost within hailing distance, but offered him no assistance. The VOUGHT still lies in the same situation as when she struck, but will probably be destroyed during the winter. Her appearance, as she lies, covered with ice of all conceivable shapes, and towering high into the air on her masts, is said to be indescribable weird and beautiful. The vessel was one of the largest and finest on the lakes, and was insured for $60,000. Her cabins, especially, were models of beauty, finished in a
most exquisite manner, and furnished most luxuriously. She was launched last spring at Fairport. Her loss is a great disaster to her owners, though the insurance is a fair one. The WINSLOW went ashore within one hundred yards of the VOUGHT, the very next day, without knowing of the presence of the until the crew had begun to inquire into their position. She broke up very quickly, and her crew would have all been lost had it not been for the aid
rendered by the boats of the VOUGHT.
      The wrecked vessels were also passed by the propeller EQUINOX, and several sailing vessels, but no assistance was rendered them.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Wednesday, December 18, 1867

      The steam barge GEORGE DUNBAR has been chartered to go to the rescue of the ANNIE VOUGHT, ashore on Spectacle Reef, as soon as the ice will permit. The DUNBAR has been refitted during the winter with special referance to employment as a wrecker, and may now be considered a very fair boat for that purpose.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 1, 1868 3-4

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      From Detroit we learn that the stmr. MAGNET, which made an attempt to reach the ANNIE VOUGHT, on Spectacle Reef, returned to Detroit on Tuesday, being unable to get within 20 miles of her, for ice. The prevailing winds this spring have been from the eastward, which have driven the ice to the head of Lake Huron, enclosing the vessel which lies 14 miles northward of Choboygan Light. The VOUGHT went on last fall during a heavy gale of wind from the northwest, accompanied with snow. She was one of the most beautiful vessels ever built on fresh water, and a heavy loss to underwriters and owners if they do not succeed
in getting her off.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 18, 1868 3-4

      The wrecking expedition that went to the bark ANNIE VOUGHT at Spectacle Reef, Lake Huron, has returned, being unsuccessful, owing to an insufficient supply of steam pumps.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 15, 1868 3-4

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      The bark ANNIE VOUGHT has gone into Clark's Dry Dock at Detroit for repairs. Her strong, substantial build was all that prevented her from going to pieces. Aside from serious damage to her bottom the damage to her hull is not serious. She was purchased some 3 months since by Capt. Thomas L. Parker of Chicago. She is to be now fitted out as a 3-masted schooner, with wire rig. She will be ready for business in about one month. Her cost, including repairs and getting her off will not exceed $30,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 9, 1868 3-4

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the ANNIE VOUGHT. -- The wrecking steamer MAGNET arrived here, having in tow the bark ANNIE VOUGHT, which went ashore last fall on the Spectacle Reef, Lake Huron. The bark has two mast standing, though they have lost the upper spars, but she looks as though she had passed through a hard winter's siege; yet we understand she is not very severely damaged, she has been taken to Mr. Clarks dry-dock, where she will be repaired. She is still owned by Mr.Vought, and ere the season close will be afloat as good as new.
      the Chicago Tribune
      Thursday, July 9, 1868
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The Bark ANNIE VOUGHT. -- The Detroit Post of Wednesday has the following: "The bark ANNIE VOUGHT, which withstood the buffetings of the elements since late last rail and until a few days past, on Spectacle Reef, Lake Huron, a location far more dangerous than can be found elsewhere on the lakes, has at length been rescued, and now lies in Clark's dry-dock in good shape, for repairs. It will be remembered that immediately after the VOIGHT had struck on the rocks, another fine staunch built craft, the R. G. WINSLOW, also struck, near the side of the former vessel, but owing to the tremendous seas which swept over her, she survived the violence of the gale but a few hours, when she was dashed to pieces, and was soon lost to view,her crew taking refuge on board the VOIGHT. That the VOIGHT should have passed through sucb tempestuous weather at so critical a season of the year, is a matter of wonderment by all acquainted with the locality and it's surroundings. Spectacle Reef occupies some forty acres, and is covered by a ledge of sharp, scraggy rocks of immense proportions, and rarely, if ever, has it been known of a vessel being rescued after once grounded there. On visiting the VOUGHT, which we did yesterday, with others, and
on examination of her bottom as well as the interior of her hull, it was painfully evident that nothing save her strong and substantial build prevented her from sharing the fate of the WINSLOW, which went down alongside of her. Aside fron serious damage done to her bottom at various points, this part of the hull has sustained no great amount of injury. She rested on the reef, with the stern well down to the water's edge. The immense masses of ice which visited and were heaped on board of her were the means of forcing this portion of the vessel afloat, and of entirely seperating it from the hull, and, with the above exceptions, the ANNIE VOUGHT is today in as good shape as when first launched. Some three months since, she was purchased by Captain Thos. L. Parker, of Chicago, from John H. Vouht, of Buffalo. She is now to be fitted out as a three masted schooner, wire rigged, and when completed, we venture to say, will not only be one of the first ships afloat on inland waters, but will be unsurpassed as regards strength.
She posses a beautiful model, with excellent lines. She will be ready for use in about one month, and when completed her entire cost will not exceed $50,OOO, notwithstanding efforts were made to get her off the reef on three different occasions
      the Chicago Tribune
      Friday, July 10, 1868

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      The ANNIE VOUGHT, which for some time past has been undergoing a refit at Clark's shipyard in this city, was towed up to the city yesterday afternoon to receive on board her anchors and chains. Otherwise she is in complete sailing trim, and we venture to affirm what we on a former occasion stated, that no finer or stauncher built ship floats our inland seas. Her rig is that of a three masted schooner with finely proportioned spars and wire rigging. No heavy gear or outfit has been put on her, and beyond her knight heads, not a block is to be seen, yet all is as substantial and as neatly fitted as on board a man-of-war. Her hull has been materially strengthened by the addition of some 10 tons of bolts and other massive iron fastenings, placing her in this respect far superior to what she was before her injury being wrecked. - Detroit Post.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 1, 1868 3-3

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Schooner ANNIE VOUGHT. U. S. No. 1588. Of 680.33 tons gross. Built Fairport, Ohio, 1867. Home port, Buffalo. N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Annie Vought (Schooner), U1588, aground, 6 Dec 1867