The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Saucy Jack (Schooner), aground, 14 Dec 1851

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A melancholy shipwreck has taken place on Lake Huron. Mr. A. Macdonald, formerly of Guelph, some time ago succeeded to the Hon. Wm. Cayley, and Mr. W. Elliot, of Niagara, in carrying on the extensive fisheries on Lake Huron. In the beginning of December, Mr. Macdonald, accompanied by two brothers named Martindale, sailed from Goderich harbor in the small schooner SAUCY JACK, laden with flour for Saugeen. During the severe storm of the - -?- - she went ashore, but was got off, and on the 14th sailed for Saugeen. Next morning the unfortunate vessel, (says the Signal) was found stranded on the beach about five miles below Saugeen, and one of the crew, the elder of the brothers, lying in the cabin, much bruised and bags of flour scattered along the beach. It is supposed that in attempting to make the mouth of the river Saugeen, the vessel had sunk on the reef or the Island, and those on board finding themselves in danger had thrown the greater part of the cargo overboard; and while thus engaged, the masts had been carried away and hurt the man found in the cabin, and she must then have capsized as the rigging was found wound around her. As far as we can learn, Mr. Macdonald's body has not been found. This melancholy occurrence has cast a great gloom over the place, as Mr. Macdonald was a young man well-known and generally esteemed. The elder of the brothers Martindale has left a wife and two children, the younger was married only a few weeks since. A female relation, whose husband was lost a short time previous, occupied the same house with the Martindales, now tenanted by three widows.
      Daily British Whig
      January 26, 1852

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Reason: aground
Lives: 3
Freight: flour
Remarks: Total loss ?
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.48339 Longitude: -81.38305
William R. McNeil
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Saucy Jack (Schooner), aground, 14 Dec 1851