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Star of Hope (Barge), U22392, 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 dispatch from Detroit says that the barge STAR OF HOPE, which went on Pelee Point some days since, has been released and towed there.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      April 17, 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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      An examination was made at Detroit recently of the barge STAR OF HOPE, which went ashore at Point Pelee, by a submarine diver. It was discovered that the bottom of the vessel is almost entirely gone, and there is less probability that she will be rebuilt.
      The Saginaw Courier
      June 12, 1886

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      Schooner STAR OF HOPE, American vessel of 206 tons register, when bound from Detroit to Cleveland stranded at Pelee Island April 1, 1886 and became a total loss. Value of loss, hull $9,000, cargo $2,000.
      Statement of Wreck & Casualty, 1886
      Department of Marine and Fisheries

      Capt. George Pickett of Algonac dropped dead in Detroit Thursday. He was 60 years old and had followed the lakes nearly all his life. He owned the barge STAR OF HOPE, and was sailing her when she was wrecked at Pt. au Pelee early last spring. He had suffered greatly from heart disease, which undoubtedly caused his death.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 12, 1886 3-5

Barge STAR OF HOPE. U. S. No. 22392. Of 276.72 tons gross; 266.19 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1856. Home port, Algonac, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $9,000
Cargo: $2,000
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
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Star of Hope (Barge), U22392, aground, 2 Apr 1886