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Hi Smith (Propeller), aground, 27 Oct 1878

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ASHORE. - Buffalo, October 26 - The tug HI SMITH, with lighter in tow, went ashore last night on Tecumseh Reef. The tug will probably be a total loss. One man missing.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Tuesday, October 29, 1878

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      Buffalo, Oct. 28. - During the heavy storm on Sunday night, the tug HI SMITH, owned by Thomas Maytham, of this city, left Horseshoe Harbor, eight mile from Grand River, with the scow GRACE AMELIA and a lighter in tow, the tug shortly after striking a rock on Tecumseh Reef, sinking her immediately. The crew escaped by jumping on the scow, which ran into the tug. The tug W.A. HALL succeeded in getting the scow and lighter off, but when near this city the latter broke loose and beached near this port. Total loss $4,000, insurance $2,000
      Meaford Monitor
      Friday, November 1, 1878

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      DISASTERS. -- As shown by our dispatches printed yesterday and this morning, there have been numerous additional disasters within a few days, and the probabilities are that more that have already occurred are yet to be learned of. Besides these new disasters, it is ascertained that the numerous vessels, stranded on the east shore of this lake, and below, for some time past, are faring very badly, and will prove total losses. Among those are the schooners CORAL, MARY, W. BATES, FLORA, etc., etc.
      The schooner J. G. McGRATH, which foundered on Monday morning, is in deep water, and wholly beyond recovery. The schooner M. C. CAMERON, unless another storm catches her, can be recovered. The scow FAITH has gone to pieces. The prospect for rescuing the steambarge JACQUES CARTIER and tug HI SMITH, are not at all encouraging. The H. D. MOORE and other craft just stranded on the east shore of this lake may be recovered if operations are immediately commenced to that end. The SLIGO recently ashore on St. Helena, is not badly damaged.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Wednesday, October 30, 1878

Capt. Edward Maytham returned from the wreck of the tug HI SMITH on Tecumseh Reef, last evening, and reports she has gone to pieces, and portions of the boat are scattered along the shore. She was valued at $3,000 and insured for $2,000.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      October 31, 1878 4-8

HI. SMITH Built 1873 Steam Tug -Wood
U. S. No. 95296 21 gt -nt - 54' x 13.8' x 6'
Dropped from documentation by 1880.
Wrecked. total loss--documents surrendered at Buffalo, Dec. 17. 1878.
      Buffalo Dry Dock Co. Vessel Building Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio.

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    Latitude: 42.808333 Longitude: -79.718333
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Hi Smith (Propeller), aground, 27 Oct 1878