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John Dunn (Schooner), sunk, 1 Sep 1875

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The schooner H.W. JOHNSTON towed out this morning and is on her way to Chicago to assist in raising the schooner JOHN DUNN. Capt. Ed. Fitzgerald is in command.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, September 18, 1875


The schooner JOHN DUNN, sunk at Chicago, will be raised. Her hull is in good shape.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, September 29, 1875

The September Gale.-- On Thursday and Friday of last week a terrible gale raged on the lakes, causing many disasters Besides the loss of the EQUINOX many other vessels were wrecked or damaged. The schooner JOHN DUNN went ashore at Chicago Friday night and will prove a total loss. She was built last season at a cost of $23,600 and was insured for $12,000. The schooner MAJOR FERRY and scow-schooner M.J. GAINES also went ashore at the same time and place. The bark TANNER sank off Milwaukee, her master, Capt. Howard, being drowned. The schooner ONEONTA was driven into the north pier at Chicago Friday night, her master, Capt. Sam Bean, being drowned. The bark CITY OF BUFFALO, ore laden, while passing through the St. Mary's River struck a rock and began leaking. Upon her arrival at Sand Beach, Lake Huron, there was six feet of water in her hold. The vessel was beached and sunk in sixteen feet of water. The crew was saved The scow THOMAS RICHARDS of Detroit is on the beach near Port Hope, Lake Huron. Her crew were saved. The tug RESCUE was unable to tow the schooner FAREWELL through and beached her near Marine City in the St. Clair River, where her grain will be transferred. The tug MAYFLOWER with six barges in tow was caught in the severe gale opposite Port Austin and cut loose all of her tow but two, the EDWARD KEAN and the SPAULDING. Three of those cast adrift dropped anchors but dragged them, owing to the violence of the gale, and drifted on to the Port Austin reef. The SOPHIA SMITH, being light, went on broadside against the rocky shore and her crew without much difficulty stepped off on the land. The crews of the barges on the Port Austin reef were taken off by shore boats. Numerous other reports of lost deck loads, serious leaks and carrying away of sails and rigging of vessels on Lake Michigan were received and the general opinion expressed was that the storm of Thursday and Friday and its effects is the most serious that has taken place on the lakes for many years.
      Amherstburg Echo
      September 17, 1875

Nothing new has been received in this city this morning from the prop. MERCHANT, sunk on Racine Reef. Saturday Capt. W.D. Robinson, the experienced wrecker, left here for the scene of the accident, to assist Capt. Briggs of the Anchor Line in the effort to raise the boat. Capt. Merriman of the Coast Wrecking CO., has been released from his contract to raise the schr. DUNN sunk at Chicago, and will cooperate with the others. The boat is reported to be in a very bad condition, and the chances of saving her rather slim, the rent in her bottom being much larger than was at first supposed. The work of raising her will be pushed with all possible speed, as if a heavy sea should come up it would be almost impossible to save her. The mate was in command at the time of the accident so that Capt. Niland is relieved of all blame.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 10, 1875 3-5

Efforts are being renewed to save the schooner JOHN DUNN, ashore at Chicago.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Wednesday, October 20, 1875

      As announced in the Inter Ocean yesterday morning the schooner GALLATIN left the harbor here on Wednesday night last, for Milwaukee, there to load for lake Ontario. She got the blow yesterday morning, and put back. Rounding the south end of the breakwater to enter our so-called outer harbor, she got too close and her jibboom going in between the uprights of the light there, she carried away the entire "lighthouse," and though she danced about at a lively rate it remained on her jibboom. Both anchors were dropped, but she dragged rapidly, and about 9 o'clock in the morning she was on the piles near the round-house, and in the vicinity of where the JOHN DUNN was lost.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Friday, November 22, 1878

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John Dunn (Schooner), sunk, 1 Sep 1875