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Dunkirk (Propeller), U6101, aground, 18 Sep 1872

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As indicated by the storm signal on Wedensday evening the weather through the night was stormy. On the lake it was reported very severe, causing a heavy sea and more or less
disasters to the shipping. The lumber barges appear to have been the greater sufferers, so far as heard from. Prop. DUNKIRK had 3 lumber barges , the FORRESTER, ELLIOTT and BAY CITY. The 2 first were reported by telegraph as having gone to pieces, ashore at
Port Burwell, crews safe, and the BAY CITY waterlogged off that port, with the crew on board. Prop. DUNKIRK has not arrived here, and nothing has been heard regarding her, it is possible she has gone down, though quite probable that she is making efforts to save the BAY CITY and crew. The barge FORRESTER is owned by John Kelderhouse and John M. Laughlen of this city, and was uninsured. The barge ELLIOTT was owned by Mr. Park and
others of Bay City. The lumber was assigned to Messrs. Mixer & Smith of this city.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 20, 1872 3-3

Port Burwell, Sept. 18 - Wrecks - The steam barge DUNKIRK left her tow, consisting of the barges BAY CITY; FORRESTER, and ELLIOTT, at anchor about 8 miles south-west of here, in a gale this afternoon. The ELLIOTT and FORRESTER went to pieces shortly afterwards, and four men from the FORRESTER came ashore on the pilot-house. The Captain of the FORRESTER, with his wife, child and mate, are in the boat, and drifting ashore with the lumber. The ELLIOTT broke up before the FORRESTER, and if any men are saved off her, they are ashore above this. The BAY CITY is riding safely at anchor. The DUNKIRK made for Long Point.
Port Burwell, Sept. 19 - The crews of the FORRESTER and the ELLIOTT are saved, and have both arrived safely at this port. The barge BAY CITY is still riding at anchor, but in a disabled condition, having the bulwarks and stern washed away. The steam barge DUNKIRK is supposed to be ashore between her and Long Point.
      The Toronto Mail
      Friday, September 20, 1872

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Barge ELLIOTT, of 321 tons, owned at Detroit by P. Marlatt. Bound from Detroit to Buffalo in September 1873. She went to pieces at Port Burwell. Loss to ship $2,500. Loss to cargo $6,000. Insurance on ship nil. Insurance on cargo $3,000.
      Marine Casualties of the Great Lakes
      1863 - 1873 Report of U.S. Coast Guard

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G. W. Pontine at Port Burwell announces the total loss of the barges ELLIOTT and FORRESTER at that point with all their cargos. The crews were fortunately saved. Both barges have broken up into fragments.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, September 20, 1872

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Screw DUNKIRK. U. S. No. 6101. Of 542 tons. Built Ohio City, Ohio 1853. First home port, Cleveland, Ohio. Disposition:-- Abandoned 1878
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
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Dunkirk (Propeller), U6101, aground, 18 Sep 1872