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C. G. Breed (Schooner), sunk, 14 Nov 1879

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The schooner C.G. BREED from Detroit with 24,000 bushels of wheat capsized and sunk on Friday when 80 miles east of Point au Pelee. Three were saved after 13 hours in the water.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, November 17, 1879

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      Capt. Harry Rose, of the sunken schr. C.G. BREED, supposed to be lost surprised his family by arriving at Detroit Sunday evening on the Canada Southern Railway, having been picked up by the schr. ABBIE L. ANDREWS, bound for Detroit, and afterwards on Saturday, landed in Canada. This makes the third person saved, the other 2 being seamen named Frank Davis and David McAllister. Capt. Rose states that the BREED was running under closely reefed sails, the lighter one having been taken in at 8:00 Friday morning. He had been on deck, and about 1:00 stepped down into the cabin l?? by his glasses. Coming on deck a moment after he found the lake on great wi??? wave of foam and the vessel listing away from the gale, almost tipping over, but again and again righting. This continued for a minute or 2 and then the vessel went over, plunging down by the head. Before the stern was much underwater Capt. Rose was thrown overboard, and the cabin soon became disengaged and fell over on him. He got out from under it, and by great exertion got on top, where he was for 9 hours. During that time he saw no vessel until the ANDREWS came near. He was to weak to hail her, but by clapping 2 boards together those on the schooner heard him and beat back and forth, coming nearer and nearer each time, till his exact location was discovered, and he was rescued. The names of those not yet accounted for are: William Vincent, first mate, of Cleveland; John Smith, second mate, Buffalo; seamen John McLeod and James Lawler, and the cook name unkown.
      Milwaukee Sentinel
      November 18, 1879

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      Frank Davis, the seaman rescued by the prop. MILWAUKEE from the masthead of the sunken schr. C.G. BREED, charges Capt. Drake of the prop. BUFFALO, with inhuman conduct. According to Davis's statement he (Davis) was so neat the BUFFALO that he held a conversation with Capt. Drake, who halloed to him and asked him how many were on the wreck, to which Davis replied that there was only one. Capt. Drake said he would order a small boat sent to him, which was done. There were pieces of the wreck lying around the masthead, and for that reason the boat could not reach him. He called out that if the crew would watch him he would jump off the topmast and swim to the boat. No answer was returned to this proposition and the boat soon after left, and returned to the propeller leaving him to his fate.
      Milwaukee Sentinel
      November 20, 1879

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    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
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C. G. Breed (Schooner), sunk, 14 Nov 1879