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Middlesex (Schooner), U16437, aground, 5 Dec 1872

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Milwaukee, Dec. 10 - Capt. Thompson, late of the LAC LA BELLE, who was on the propeller CUYAHOGA arrived here and reports the schooner MIDDLESEX ashore opposite Round Island, with all hands saved. The schooners W.O. Brown and D.R. OWENS, from Duluth are reported lost with all hands on board. The schooner A.C. GRISWOLD from Marquette, is reported lost with all hands. The barges JUPITER and SATURN, ore laden broke loose from the steamer JOHN A. DIX and drifted ashore at Whitefish point, all hands lost. The Canadian steamer CUMBERLAND is frozen in at Bear Lake, with 50 passengers on board.
      The Toronto Mail
      Wednesday, December 11, 1872

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      The barges SATURN and JUPITER, owned by Capt. E.B. Ward, were lost near Whitefish Point, on the morning of the 27th of November with all on board. The schooner MIDDLESEX went ashore on Point au Pins but all her crew were rescued.
The schooner W.O. BROWN laden with grain from Duluth and the ore laden schooner C.C. Griswold, from Marquette, are supposed to have been lost with all on board. Six were lost on the JUPITER and seven on the SATURN.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, December 6, 1872

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VESSELS LOST ON LAKE SUPERIOR-- TWO BARGES AND TWO SCHOONERS GO WOWN WITH ALL ON BOARD. -- The Detroit Tribune has a dispatch dated Marquette, December 5. -- The propeller CHINA returned to that port from the south Wednesday evening, Mud Lake was closed on the 17th and nothing has passed down since. Thirteen propellers and a number of vessels are frozen in on the river and above the canal. The barge JUPITER and SATURN were lost near Whitefish Point on the morning of the 27th with all on board. The CHINA saw their masts out of water 5 and fifteen miles above the point. The GENERAL DIX is all right at the Sault. The schooner MIDDLESEX went ashore near Pointe Aux Pins but her crew were saved. The St. PAUL and ATLANTIC are at Sailor's Encampment. The schooner W.O. BROWN was loaded with grain from Duluth and the schooner C.C. GRISWOLD with ore from Marquette are supposed to have been lost with all on board. The schooners, ESCANABA, EXILE, GOLDEN RULE, and CAMBRIDGE and the barque HEMISPHERE on Wiaska Bay were all in the same storm and lost most all their canvas. The CHINA brought to Marquette 400 men. The barges SATURN and JUPITER were owned by Capt. E.B. Ward of Detroit and were loaded with iron ore, 840 tons all together were bound from Marquette to Wyandotte in tow of the steam tug GENERAL DIX. They left Marquette at three p.m. on Tuesday previous to the disaster. The JUPITER was commanded by Capt. Peter Howard of Detroit. He leaves a wife and children. The names of the balance of the crew, are not known. The SATURN was commanded by a man from Amherstburg and his name is unknown, he having shipped recently. The balance of the crew consisted of Harvey Cusher, of Defiance, O.; William langendorff who was accompanied by his wife, of Toledo, O.; George Archer, residence unknown; and two other men known only as James and Philip. There was no insurance on the barges, but the cargo was insured.
      Port Huron Times
      December 12, 1872
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Schr. MIDDLESEX of 264 tons. Owned Cleveland by Adams & Co. Bound from Lake Superior to Cleveland, went ashore November 1872 near Pointe aux Pins, a total loss. Loss to ship $13,000. Loss to cargo $19,000. Insurance on ship $8,500. Insurance on cargo $6,500.
      Marine Casualties of the Great Lakes
      1863 to 1873, Report of U.S. Coast Guards

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RESCUED. -- The schooner MIDDLESEX, which in the fearful gale last fall was wrecked on the south shore of lake Superior, and at one time abandoned, has been got off and towed to Cleveland by the steam tug ANNA DOBBINS.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 20, 1873

Schooner MIDDLESEX. U. S. No. 16437. Of 266.39tons. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
      Merchant vessel List, U. S., 1871

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    Latitude: 46.4428 Longitude: -84.51588
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Middlesex (Schooner), U16437, aground, 5 Dec 1872