The steam barge TRADER with a tow of three barges left Bay City early Monday morning, lumber laden, and when in the vicinity of Grindstone City, a heavy sea was encountered and the barge WAURECAN, parting her line was driven on the beach. All were saved from the barge but in very frozen condition.
Port Huron Daily Times
Tuesday, November 30, 1875
DISASTERS TO SHIPPING AND LOSS OF LIFE
Detroit Nov. 29. -- A North-west gale of great fury, with intense cold, prevails on Lake Huron since last night and will prove disastrous to shipping outside. The schooners GROTON and BRIDGEWATER are ashore at Waugoshanee. The barge SWEEPSTAKES broke loose from the propeller JENNESS off Point Au Barques before daylight this morning, and was soon lost sight of, and it is feared lost, with her crew. The propeller TRADER was obliged to cast off her tow of three barges above Point Au Barques. One of them, the WAURECAN, waterlogged and went on a reef just above the point. The crew are supposed to be all lost. The captain's
name was McKenzie; he lived in Detroit, and had his wife and two children on board. The other barge succeeded in reaching Sand Beach Harbour. At the latter place are the steamers PORTAGE, BELLE CROSS, and DUNLOP. The schooner GENOA has been taken of the beach and is on her way down. The four master ADAMS is laying at anchor six miles above Fort Gratiot. The storm of last night was a severe one. The schooner SAGINAW, loaded with sulphur for Cleveland, went ashore at Ashtabula, and is probably a total loss. The barges H. A. CHAMBERLAIN, GEORGE KELLY, and H. G. in tow of the steamer ELMIRA, bound from Buffalo
to Saginaw, light, were left at anchor off this port last night, the ELMIRA, coming in to coal. A heavy sea this afternoon, parted the anchor chain of the CHAMBERLAIN and KELLY, and the vessels went ashore. The former broke in two, and is a total loss, the latter may be got
off. The H.J's anchors held and she was brought in by a tug. No lives were lost. The CHAMBERLAIN was owned by Ferris Bros., Bay City. And the KELLY by Mr. Kelly and Captain Kehoe of Bay City. No insurance on either.
Toronto Daily Globe
Tuesday, November 30, 1875
The steam barge TRADER, with the barges LILLIE MAY and ISLAND QUEEN, arrived at Detroit last week covered with ice. The other barge of the tow, the WAURECAN, went ashore and her crew were saved, though all badly frozen. The disaster took place off Point aux barques, lake Huron.
The propeller CROSS arrived at Detroit last Friday evening with the crew of the barge WAURECAN. They were all badly frozen. Capt. Mckenzie had one foot frozen which may require amputation and Mrs. McKenzie will lose both feet by amputation. George Courter of Farmington will probably lose both, and Wm. T. Wilson one foot. Joseph Howell had both feet injured, but not seriously, and Anthony Wood had both ears frozen.
December 10, 1875
Barge WAURECAN. U. S. No. 62107. Of 294.02 tons. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871