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William Vanatta (Scow), U26164, aground, 2 Apr 1886

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A dispatch from Cleveland states that the barges STAR OF HOPE, Capt. Puble of Algonac, and VANETTA, Capt. Ford, of Saginaw, are wrecked. They were in tow of the propeller BURLINGTON and in the heavy wind off Point Au Pelee the line parted and both crafts were driven ashore. Great difficulty was experienced in rescuing the persons on board the vessels, two of whom were women, but all were brought ashore safely. The BURLINGTON was carried around the Point by the gale and could render no assistance. The STAR OF HOPE is on the beach in fair shape but the VAVETTA is a total loss. Both boats were lumber laden, bound for this port from Detroit, where they have lain all winter. They are owned by their captains. The STAR OF HOPE carried 400,000 feet of lumber, consigned to Hubbel & Brown, and the VANETTA 270,000 feet to Hempy. This is the first casualty of the season on the lakes.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      April 3, 1886

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A suit for damages is threatened against R. Burlington, of Bay City, owner of the steambarge BURLINGTON, because of the loss of the barges VANATTA and STAR OF HOPE, April 7, off Point Pelee. It is alleged that Mr. Burlington's agent or employee (the captain of the steambarge) induced the tow by promises of safe passage, and that he did not fulfill all his promises.
      The Saginaw Courier
      April 28, 1886

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      The propeller BURLINGTON was attached at Detroit yesterday morning by owner of the barge VANNETTA, claiming damages to the amount of $6,000. The BURLINGTON had the VANNETTA in tow when the latter was hurt on Point au Pelee this spring.
      The Saginaw Courier
      April 29, 1886

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Schooner WILLIAM VANATTA. U. S. No. 26164. Of 159.87 tons gross; 151.88 tons net. Built Erie, Mich, 1876. Home port, East Saginaw, Mich. 118.0 x 24.0 x 6.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885
      Lake Barge Wm. VANATTA. Of 159 tons. Built Fairport by Hayes in 1862. Owned by Donley Home port, east Saginaw. Valued at $2,000. Class B 2. REMARKS -- Scow. Large repairs, 1882.
      Inland Lloyds, American Hulls
      Vessel Classification, 1884

NOTE:-- The WILLIAM VANATTA was built in 1862, the Merchant Vessel List, is in error in displaying 1876.

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Reason: aground
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Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
William R. McNeil
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William Vanatta (Scow), U26164, aground, 2 Apr 1886