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Hero (Schooner), aground, 9 Aug 1875

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The schooner HERO, while attempting to enter the piers at Holland, was driven two miles to leeward and went to pieces. Her crew took to the boats and were capsized, but all succeeded in reaching the shore in safety. She was a total loss.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, August 9, 1875

      The schooner HERO, owned at Chicago was driven in by the storm, and failing to make this harbor, struck the beach about three miles north of this light. She was drawing about eight feet of water, and remained some distance from the shore. Then, as the captain expressed it, the rollers pounded away like trip hammers, and she began to go to pieces in a short time. This vessel has become a complete wreck, and but little is left of her. The crew took to the boat and were thrown out into the seas but all miraculously escaped. The schooner is said to be insured, nothing of value will be saved.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Wednesday, August 11, 1875
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      The number of disasters by the late gale have been great.
The schooner ATAUNTO water-logged at Lealand, and is on the beach.
The Barque AUSTIN is reported full of water in the vicinity of the Manotous.
The schooner BESSIE BOOLT was wrecked and abandoned on L. Michigan on Saturday. The vessel was picked up and taken to Grand Haven by a tug.
The ROSABELLE went to pieces off Grand Haven, crew saved.
The sloop JEWEL is wrecked at Escanaba..
The schooner DICK SOMERS, bound west was struck by lightning on Friday morning near Point au Pelee, Lake Erie, damaging her spars. In the afternoon of the same day, while at anchor, a squall struck her which parted her cable, and she lost her big anchor and sixty fathoms of chain, damages not far from $1,000, she proceeded on Monday.
The barge A. BRAYLEY was towed into Malden on Monday morning by the steamer BOB HACKETT. Crew all safe and damages slight.
The schooner PRINCESS ALEXANDRIA sunk last Sunday night while moored at Walkerville, above Windsor.
* The schooner HERO, 60 tons, Captain O. Jobnson, loaded with wood at Connell's pier, eleven miles north of Detroit, on her way to Chicago was overtaken by a gale, lost her deck load, foresail and jib. She was beached and is a total wreck. No insurance. Crew saved..
The schooner MICHIGAN, bound down with a cargo of grain, was obliged to seek shelter under Point an Pelee. During the gale the MICHIGAN lost her fore-boom.
Mr. A. M. Eby, stewart of the propeller EMPIRE STATE, which arrived in Detroit on Tueaday, reports passing the schooner DAVID SHARP below Long Point with a lot of wet sails aboard, and.her crew engaged in raising a mast. out of the water, supposed to be the wreck of some
schooner. Also two barges ashore on Cat Head Point, but owing to the distance it was impossible to make out there names.
The steamer NEW ERA, which left Ludington last Thursday morning, towing a raft of 720,000 feet of logs, arrived at Grand Haven minus the raft, which went to pieces off Whitehall during the rough weather of Friday morning. It was thought thq NEW ERA would probably save
the greater part of the logs.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Friday, August 13, 1875
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      Vessels arriving at Chicago, Wednesday, report that the schooner HERO, beached on the east shore, has gone to pieces, and is a total loss. Most of her cargo and part of her standing rigging was saved.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Monday, August 16, 1875
NOTE: -- The above is obviously very mixed up, two articles saying Detroit and two giving Lake Michigan ?

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.78752 Longitude: -86.10893
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Hero (Schooner), aground, 9 Aug 1875