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Arcturus (Schooner), U568, sunk by collision, 18 Apr 1868

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The schr. KIRK WHITE, which left here a few days since to visit the wreck of the schr. ARCTURUS, sunk at Long Point, and to recover her trappings, returned to this port yesterday afternoon.
      The wrecking party were accompanied by Messrs. Harrington & Phelps, the famous submarine divers, also Capt. Cheyne, late of the ARCTURUS. The anchors and a portion of her chain, all of her canvas, booms, gaffs, with a greater portion of her outfit, were recovered and brought to this city. The vessel was lying on her beam ends, but was soon righted by means of a purchase, in which position she remained. It required but 3 days to carry out the undertaking, which as far as was expected, was brought to a successful issue. The vessel has a large fracture in her, caused by the collision, but is all right otherwise, and it is possible that she may yet be raised. - Detroit Post.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 16, 1868 3-3

WRECKS IN LAKE ERIE:-The Detroit Post, of Saturday, remarks, "There are at different points in Lake Erie wrecks which, though many years since they were deposited, are yet in an excellent state of preservation. From Captain Hackett, of Malden, who has just arrived at this port from a wrecking expedition around either shore of said lake in search of lost anchors and other lost property, we are placed in possession of much that is of interest on this point. During the season of 1835 the fine steamer WASHINGTON, commanded by Captain Augustas Waller, was wrecked on Long Point, on the first trip she ever made. She was a fine steamer. Notwithstanding 55 years have elapsed since the event, the boiler and a considerable portion of the wreck lies in the same position, and if recovered would serve in some capacity for years to come. Not far distant from the WASHINGTON, lies the ATLANTIC, which in a still day, is plainly visible, and aside from the disappearance of her upper works, has met with little or no change. At Long Point Cut there are yet remaining a considerable portion of the schooner CONDUCTOR, which was sacrificed in the terrible gale of November 1854. Below the Point are the CORINTHIAN and the ARCTURUS - the former with her decks entirely gone, but otherwise in apparently good condition, the latter much the same as when visited last spring. Further down Lake Erie, and in the vicinity of Point Abino, may be seen the schooner PENNSYLVANIA or what is left of her, which met her fate in the gale of October 1844, with the loss of all hands. Captain Hackett in his peregrinations during the past six weeks, succeeded in rescuing no less than fifteen anchors of large size, and a large quantity of valuable chain, as a reward for his labors in a perilous undertaking. We hope to be placed in possession of further interesting reminiscences.
      Chicago Tribune
      Monday, July 27, 1868

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The SCHOONER 'ARCTURUS' -- This vessel which sunk on the 18 of April last, while at anchor off Long Point, by being run into by another vessel, has been raised and towed to Buffalo for repairs.
      Chicago Tribune
      Thursday, August 6, 1868
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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    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Arcturus (Schooner), U568, sunk by collision, 18 Apr 1868