George H. Waud (Schooner), U10152, gale damage, &c., 26 Nov 1869
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The detroit Free Press gives the following particulars of the disaster to the schr. GEO. H. WAUD:
"Capt. Aaron Halliday states that at 8:00 Tuesday morning he found himself off Rondeau Pt., in the face of a head wind blowing a gale, a heavy sea on, and no probability of making way against it. His only hope was to put about and run for an anchorage in Pt. au Pelee passage, which he did, but a thick and blinding snow coming on, he was drifted from his course and struck a rock hard on Pt. au Pelee reef, his deck amidships being sprung upward at least 6 inches by the blow. The heavy sea, however, carried the vessel over the reef, and as quickly as possible both anchors were let go in the comparatively safe waters alee of the rocks. Here, for 2 days and nights, and all through the heavy winds of Wednesday, they lay their boat and rudder gone, the vessel leaking slowly and settling surely, till Thursday afternoon, when their colors, union down, brought assistance in the appearance of the prop. TIOGA, bound from Detroit to Buffalo, whose master, Capt. Stoddard, in a spirit of humanity that might well be imitated and practiced more generally, came to their assistance and towed the disabled schooner to Malden, where she was taken by the tug TAWAS and brought to this port as stated. An attempt was made to weigh her anchors, after the propeller had made fast her line, but the capstan was frozen solid with ice, and it was only possible to slip the cables by hewing and knocking the ice in which they were imbedded.,
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
November 26, 1869 3-5
Schooner GEORGE H. WAND [sic] U. S. No. 10152. Of 358.38 tons. Home port, Buffao;, N. Y.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871
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