The Canadian schr. LAUREL, bound from Kingston to Charlotte with iron ore, sank Tuesday off Big Sandy Creek. The crew reached shore in a small boat.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
August 24, 1876 3-5
The Canadian schooner LAUREL sunk on Tuesday off Big Sandy Creek, The crew came ashore in the small boat. The LAUREL was bound from Kingston to Charlotte with iron ore.
Port Huron Daily Times
Monday, August 28, 1876
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The Schooner Laurel Founders.
The Crew Rescued by Two Gallant Fishermen and Brought to This City.
Capt. Martin Staley, late of the schooner Laurel, arrived in port yestersay afternoon without any craft whose quarter deck he could tread and exclaim, "I'm monarch of all I survey," owing to the fact that his vessel left him in the lurch. The Laurel left Kingston Sunday night at ten o'clock with sixty tons of iron ore for Fair Haven.
About midnight, when off the Main Ducks, at least twenty miles to the westward, the vessel commenced to leak, the sea being heavy and the wind fresh, and although the pumps were manned she gradually settled down into the water. it was hoped by the captain that he could fetch Oswego, but the wind changed to the southwest, heading his vessel off, and finding that the water was gaining on the pumps - he gave her sheet and pointed for the land at the foot of the lake.
When the vessel was within one and a half miles of Big Sandy Creek she sunk in seven fathoms of water, going down head first and with a lurch like a drunken man. Before the vessel sunk signals of distress were hoisted and the yawl, into which the crew got, was lowered into the water, but it was found in bad condition, having been stove in by the waves and davits.
The signals were seen by B.F. Nutting and A.C. Nutting, who had started in an open boat from the town of Ellisburg with a cargo of musk mellons for Oswego, and like gallent and hardy fishers that they are, they pulled toward the sinking vessel and reached her within forty or fifty feet when she sunk.
Captain Staley and his crew of two men were saved by the plucky fishermen and brought to this city. The rescued sailors unite in saying that for the timely arrival of messrs. Nutting they would have surely drowned, as the yawl could not float them.
The Laurel was owned by Captain Staley and his father and was insured for $1,000. She hailed from Kingston, and although not very large, was considered able to cope with the waves.
Wednesday, August 23, 1876