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Birckhead (Schooner), U17618, aground ?, 1 Oct 1871

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THE TRIP OF THE BROCKWAY - The BROCKWAY left Port Huron last week Tuesday and arrived back October 24th. From Captain White we learn the following: The tug left for the relief of the barges BIRCHEAD and MILLS at Goderich, where the weather was very rough. The tug pounded heavily on the bottom at this place but sustained no serious damage. The barges she was after were 5 in number, washed ashore on the beach at Kincardine, the
TWILIGHT and BRAINARD. Further on near Fishing Island near Georgian Bay she found the barge JUPITER and barge INDUSTRY which she brought to Chantry Island, where off the pier the schooner LA PETITE was found a total wreck and deserted. The crew had been taken off by the barge BIRCHEAD the week previous. The schooner LUCY AUCHARD was found near Goderich ashore and a total wreck, loaded with telegraph poles. The ADELAID HORTON was also on the pier at Goderich split in two, and of course a complete wreck. One man who was saved from the LA PETITE by the HORTON was wrecked a second time. The owners of the LA PETITE are Messrs. Wickham and Co., of Huron, Ohio. At Kincardine where the tug stopped there were washed ashore the bodies of three negroes, boxes of merchandise and between three and four hundred barrels of flour, probably part of the COBURN's cargo. . . . . . . The recent gales have been the cause of many disasters. The following disasters are reported: Schooner J.S. MINER of Detroit, went ashore Sunday near Kincardine, and has since gone to pieces; schooner DAVID FERGUSON has gone ashore and a total loss; LA PETITE capsized and lost on Lake Huron. . . .
      Port Huron Times
      October 26, 1871

Schooner Barge MARY NIRCKHEAD. U. S. No. 17618. Of 226.19 tons gross; 214.89 tons net. Built Sandusky, O., 1867. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 124.6 x 26.2 x 9.7
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.75008 Longitude: -81.71648
William R. McNeil
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Birckhead (Schooner), U17618, aground ?, 1 Oct 1871