The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lewis Wells (Barge), aground, 22 Nov 1879

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      A despatch from Sand Beach yesterday says that the barge PRAIRE STATE, which went on reef Wednesday night, has gone to pieces. Two men are missing. The barge LEWIS WELLS has gone to pieces. The body of Capt. Wm. Little, of Saginaw City, and a sailor named Wood, of London, have been found. Wm. Ogden, a sailor, and 2 others are missing. The tow barge WM. RAYNOR is also on the reef, and will probably be a total wreck. The crew were saved. The prop. WHITING and schr. E.C. HUTCHINSON are sunk, but probably not damaged much. The crew of the schooner suffered terribly, but were finally rescued by a volunteer crew, who manned the new government lifesaving boat recently sent there by the Government....
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 22, 1879 1-7

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Reason: aground
Lives: 2
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.84168 Longitude: -82.6416
William R. McNeil
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Lewis Wells (Barge), aground, 22 Nov 1879