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Sophia J. Luff (Schooner), U23100, aground, 23 Apr 1892

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      Midland, April 25. - The schooner SOPHIA J. LUFF was caught by Saturday's gale on Georgian Bay, and is now a wreck on Beckwith Island. The schooner sprang a leak and Capt. William Shanks made for the shore. She struck on rock bottom and soon filled. The crew were taken ashore in safety. Capt. Shanks went to Collingwood for a tug, and the HODGESON left Colling at noon for the wreck. The wreck lies in twelve feet of water but the chances of saving her are good. The schooner LUFF was built in 1866 and is owned by Captain Shanks and W.W. Shaw and others of Chicago. She is valued at about $6,000 and insured for $4,000. Her cargo of corn is insured for $8,000.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Monday, April 25, 1892

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      Midland, April 26. - Five thousand bushels of wet corn have been pumped out of the schooner LUFF, stranded on Beckwith Island. The Captain hopes to get her to Collingwood tonight.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, April 26, 1892

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      The schooner S.J. LUFF is reported beached on Hope Island and in very bad shape, she was bound for Midland with grain. Tugs and lighters have gone to her assistance. Winds - S.W. Light.
      Toronto Mail
      April 27 1892

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      Collingwood, April 27. - The wrecked steamer (sic) SOPHIA J. LUFF arrived here at noon in tow of a tug. Her cargo of 22,000 bushels of corn is a total loss. The boat is not believed to be so badly damaged. Capt. Shanks says if her had not run his boat on the beach she would have foundered, as she was rapidly filling.
      Toronto Mail
      April 28, 1892

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      A schooner loaded with grain was sunk 300 yards off the Christian Islands a few days ago. This is the first disaster reported this season...
      Meaford Monitor
      Friday, April 29, 1892

      Collingwood, April 27. - Wrecked schooner SOPHIA J. LUFF arrived at noon in tow of tug SAUCY JIM. Her cargo of 22,000 bushels of corn is a total loss, but the boat is not believed to be badly injured. She will be repaired here. Capt. Shanks says if he had not run his boat on the beach she would have foundered, as she was rapidly filling.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      April 27, 1892

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      A ROUGH TRIP. -- The schooner G. S. LUFF ( sic ), owing to stress of weather, sprung a leak and would have gone down with all hands on board had not Captain Shanks ran her on to Beckwith Island while in full sail. She was laden with 25,000 bushels of corn, and bound for the Port of Midland. About one half the cargo will be saved in a damaged condition. The SAUCY JIM towed the vessel to Collingwood for repairs on Wednesday morning. -- Midland Free Press.
      Owen Sound Advertiser
      Tuesday, May 3, 1892

Schooner SOPHIA J. LUFF. U. S. No. 23100. Of 277.99 tons gross; 264.10 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich., 1866. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 140.0 x 26.0 x 10.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1892
NOTE:-- Became Canadian 1903 C 116811.

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Freight: corn
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    Latitude: 44.905 Longitude: -80.180277
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Sophia J. Luff (Schooner), U23100, aground, 23 Apr 1892