The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 27 Dec, 1876

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SAVED AND SALVAGE GAINED. - Capt. J. C. Gibney, in September last, left Detroit in command of the brigantine Waucoma, on a voyage across the ocean. While at sea he fell in with what might be termed an abandoned vessel, succeeded in navigating her into port, thereby becoming entitled to a round sum in salvage. An Irish paper of a recent date has the following particulars:

On the 14th of November his attention was attracted to the schooner by her wild steering; sometimes she would be off the wind, and at other times she would be close hauled, and from her movements it appeared that there was no one on board the vessel, and that she must be abandoned. He hove down on her, and when within about four or five miles of the vessel he discovered she had signals of distress flying. He then ran within hailing distance of her and inquired of one of the men on board what was the matter, to which he received the answer that they were in distress, and required assistance. Capt. Gibney then lowered his boat and went on board, and found her to be the schr Elizabeth Hamilton, 160 tons, of Plymouth. After some conversation with the men and at their earnest solicitation, he consented to take charge of the vessel and navigate her to a port of safety. He then took with him one of his own seamen to assist, together with a compass and provisions, after which he directed his chief officer to proceed in charge of his own vessel - the Waucoma - to Glasgow. He then set all available sail on board the Elizabeth Hamilton, and she shaped a course for Queenstown. On the 18th inst. he put into Baltimore harbor at 6:30, where he moored the vessel.

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The WAUCOMA [US#26357] was officially a schooner of 361 t., built at Milwaukee in 1863 and out of Buffalo in 1876. She was reportedly lost in the North Atlantic while bound for London sometime before 1884.
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27 Dec, 1876
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 27 Dec, 1876