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White Squall (Schooner), U26248, sunk, 29 Sep 1872

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Disasters on Lake Huron - Detroit, Oct. 1 - The disasters on Lake Huron on Saturday night and Sunday are much worse than on Lake Erie. Many lives were lost. The barge TABLE ROCK was wrecked on Tawas Point and all hands were lost but one man who came ashore on a piece of the wreck. The schooner WHITE SQUALL was sunk off Fish Point and only one man saved. The schooner NESHOTA was sunk at White Fish Point and five of her crew drowned. An unknown schooner on her beam eands and a propeller with a spar and her smokestack above water, were passed on Saginaw Bay. The schooner CORSAIR foundered off Highlands Sauble and only two men saved. The barges ADRIATIC and HUNTER are ashore at Green Bush. The barge A. LINCOLN is ashore at Sauble. The propeller DETROIT is a total loss at Green Bush. The brig GLOBE is sunk at Tawas. The schooner REBECCA is ashore at Alabaster.
      The Toronto Mail
      Wednesday, October 2, 1872

Hughe Coynes, the owner of the schr, WHITE SQUALL, lost in the storm on Lkae Huron received a dispatch yesterday stating that she was sunk by a vessel 15 miles off Tawas Pt. and the captain and all hands except one man were lost. She was commanded by D.J. Stimson, who resided in this city, and leaves a family to morn his untimely end. The second mate of the vessel was the captain's father-in-law, which bring a two fold afliction on the family.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 2, 1872

The seaman who was the sole survivor from the WHITE SQUALL sunk in Lake Huron arrived here Tuesday night on the prop. BENTON. He has but little to add relative to the loss of the ill-fated vessel from what has been made public.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 3, 1872

The schr. LIBBIE NAU grain loaded from Chicago, has arrived at this port disabled. On Sunday night while on Lake Huron during the severe gale she came in collision with an unknown fore-and-aft vessel painted white, when off Thunder Bay some 15 miles. The strange vessel is reported to have had no lights visible. It is quite probable that this vessel was the WHITE SQUALL, as the description thus far given agrees with that vessel precisely.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 3, 1872

The big storm of Saturday the 28th and Sunday last; the tug SANDUSKY brought into Bay City the 21 survivors of the barges HUNTER and DETROIT. The schooner CORSAIR foundered off Sturgeon Point, Saginaw Bay at 4 A.M. Sunday morning, all hands were lost except 2. The barge A. LINCOLN is ashore one mile below Au Sable and her crew saved. The barge TABLE ROCK is ashore and gone to pieces on Tawas Point and all her crew except one were lost. The schooner WHITE SQUALL was sunk 10 miles off Fish Point and only one crewman saved. The schooner SUMMIT is ashore at Fish Point, 7 miles north of Tawas with 2 lives lost.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, October 2, 1872

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      BIG STORM NEWS CONTINUED. -- WHITE SQUALL is down. She was in tow of the PRINDEVILLE and she collided with another tow, the LIBBIE NAU. The crew took to the small boat but were drowned when the boat capsized in the breakers, 7 lost. A sailor named James Low, the only survivor of the crew of eight of the schooner RAPIDAN when she capsized in Lake Erie in the gales of Friday last, September 27, had been in the water 60 hours when he was picked up.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, October 4, 1872

      The schrs. W.J. PRESTON and REED CASE were disabled in centerboard, in the gale on Lake Erie. The latter boat lost hers and is awaiting a new one. The schr. ADIRONDAC arrived here in tow of the tug RIVER QUEEN, in a completely dismantled condition. She will require a full set of spars, including a bowsprit and jibboom. The schr. J. HINCKLEY threw overboard her cargo in Lake Erie. Capt. Hugh Coynes on behalf of himself and Frank Root, the sole survivors of the lost schr. WHITE SQUALL, return thanks to the people of Tawas and to Capt. McGregor of the stm. BENTON, for kind attentions paid the unfortunate sailor who was cast upon the beach at that place. - Detroit Tribune
      Cleveland Leader
      October 5, 1872 4-7

      East Tawas.---Captain Gerard reports having grappled a large anchor with a wooden stock and long chain, leading back to a sunken schooner. He did not ascertain the name on account of the weather. The diver made two trips, and now the boat is buoyed. She lies seven miles southeast from Fish Point, and is supposed to be the schooner WHITE SQUALL, which was loaded with iron ore, and foundered thirteen years ago. Frank Root, of Green Bay, was the only one saved of a crew of eight. He was lashed to the yawl, and was washed on shore at Fish Point.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. June 30, 1887 p. 2

Schooner WHITE SQUALL. U. S. No. 26248. Of 211.53 tons gross. Built Clayton, N.Y. 1853 by John Oades. Two masts. 131.0 x 25.3 x 10.4 -- Sunk by collision Saginaw Bay 1872
      Herman Runge List

Schooner WHITE SQUALL. U. S. No. 26248. Of 211.53 tons gross. Home port, Detroit, Mich. _ Listed as lost 1872.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1873

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    Latitude: 43.71696 Longitude: -83.52274
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White Squall (Schooner), U26248, sunk, 29 Sep 1872