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Lady Dufferin (Schooner), aground, 24 Oct 1886

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During Sunday night's gale the schooner LADY DUFFERIN broke loose from her tow, the steam barge Wm. HALL, near Cabot Head and sank. The vessel and cargo are a total loss.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, October 28, 1886

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LADY DUFFERIN, 385 tons, built at Port Burwell in 1872 by Pointer and owned by Schooley & Son. Port of hail, Port Burwell. Valued at $12,500 and classed as A2. Three Masts
      Marine Underwriters
      Classification Index for 1878

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      The schooner "LADY DUFFERIN", 385 tons, was lunched at Port Burwell on Lake Erie, by L. McDermont on Sept. 28th. 1872 and was, "pronounced the finest Canadian afloat", despite the acclamation at her launch the LADY DUFFERIN was old and worn out before her time, by 1886 she had been reduced to the role of a barge, owned by Joseph Sutherland of Owen Sound.
On Oct. 7th. 1886 the schooner JOHN BENTLEY went hard aground west of Cabot Head while on a trip with lumber from Parry Sound to Oswego N.Y. later that month the steamer W. B. HALL arrived at the site having in tow the LADY DUFFERIN which was to serve as a lighter. When the BENTLEY's cargo had been loaded into the DUFFERIN the HALL took the latter and began the long haul to Tobermory. Heavy weather set in and after about ten miles the line parted. The HALL was unable to get hold of the schooner and she was soon carried into the rocks at the entrance to Driftwood Cove, on what is now known as "Dufferin Point". There being no canvas on her she drifted on the rocks and was dashed to pieces. The crew managed to get ashore safely by the assistance of a rope.
      from Shipwrecks of the Saugeen
      by Patrick Folkes

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At "Dufferin Point," marking the west entrance to Driftwood Cove, the hull of the schooner LADY DUFFERIN (1886) rests in two segments, one the bow in ten fathoms on a steep incline. The stern piece, with machinery, lies in twenty fathoms and on down to the edge of the fifty fathom abyss..
      from Shipwrecks of the Saugeen
      by Patrick Folkes

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Reason: aground
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.240555 Longitude: -81.3
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Lady Dufferin (Schooner), aground, 24 Oct 1886