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Altair (Schooner), aground, 9 Oct 1864


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The schooner JOSEPH WILSON owned, we believe at Goderich is represented as having been found on the beach near Kincardine, with all hands gone; the schooner JULIA SMITH was also driven ashore on the coast in the late gale. Schooners AMELIA and A.J. RICH have gone to pieces, most of their sails and rigging will be saved; the schooner ALTAIR has been abandoned and is fast going to pieces. - Detroit Tribune.
      Toronto Globe
      November 30, 1864


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      SHIPWRECKS ON THE CANADIAN SHORE OF LAKE HURON
      (communicated to the GLOBE)
Several American vessels were out in the gale of Wednesday and Thursday last, are ashore on this coast. Two are west of Chantry Island - the one on the shoal, nearly a ¼ of a mile out , and the other quite close to the shore of the Island. The former is the schooner ALTAIR from Chicago, having 17,000 bushels of wheat on board, and the other the scow AMERICAN EAGLE, empty, having been on her way from Detroit to Saginaw for a load of lumber , both vessels got on before daylight Friday morning.
The ALTAIR having sprung a leak made for Chantry Island Light, and was in a sinking condition when she grounded on the shoal.
      A boat from the scow expected to clear the north end of the Island and get into the anchorage to leeward, but failed
      The Buffalo Express of Wednesday morning contains the following: "The schooner ALTAIR, is reported ashore at the Chantry Island, near Georgian Bay, with a load of wheat. Capt. Dobbins also reports the scow schooner AMERICAN EAGLE ashore on Chantry Island, above Georgian Bay
      Toronto Globe
      Thursday, November 1864
     
      The schooner ANNA CRAIG, of Cobourg, succeeded in getting safe into anchorage about 8 o'clock on Friday morning, and left with a fair wind on Saturday Morning.
Muuch anxiety was felt on Friday for the safety of the ALTAIR, as the sea could be seen occasionally breaking over her, and she had a flag of distress hung out, but a boat from the schooner LILY DANCY of Goderich, which was safely anchored to leeward of the Island, having been seen going to the Island in the morning, confidance was felt that anything sailors could do for them, could and would be done by that boat's crew. They carried a boat across the Island and succeeded in taking the crew off , and all got safe ashore , though they had a narrow escape - the boat having been capsized in the breakers , but fortunately not far from shore.
      The schooner FORTUNE, of Detroit, is ashore at Pine Tree Harbour, about 50 miles north of here. She had 20,000 bushels of oats on board. The Capt. and crew arrived here yesterday (Sunday) evening, having been brought down by some Indians in their fishing boats. They report that she is a total wreck, her bottom stove in, her masts overboard and the oats banked on the shore.
The GEORGE ALVORD, of Oswego, with a cargo of oats and corn, is ashore at the Fishing Islands- so the crew of the FORTUNE report. Beside these, three vessels are ashore at Kincardine, one loaded with grain, one with lumber and one in ballast, another is said to be ashore to the north of Kincardine at Stoney Island. - No lives are reported lost.
      Toronto GLOBE
      November 18th 1864

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-The Buffalo Express of Wed. morn reports.
The schooner ALTAIR, is reported ashore at Chantry Island, near Georgian Bay, with a load of wheat. Capt. Dobbins also reports the scow AMERICAN EAGLE ashore on Chantry Island, above Georgian Bay.
      carried in the Toronto GLOBE
      Thursday, November 17, 1864
     
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The schooner ALTAIR, ashore off the above coast, has been abandoned and is fast going to pieces.
      Detroit Tribune dispatch (undated)
      carried in the Toronto GLOBE
      November 30,1864

     


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Reason: aground
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1864
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McN.W.18835
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.18339 Longitude: -81.63307
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William R. McNeil
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Altair (Schooner), aground, 9 Oct 1864