The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cortlandt (Schooner), aground, 1 Sep 1872

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The tug STRANGER, which has been engaged in wrecking vessels on Lake Erie the past few days, has just returned from a visit to the CORTLAND. Owing to a natural bar which lies on the outside of this vessel it was impossible for the tug to approach near enought to dredge a channel through which to float her. She now returns with the barge EMMA which will lighter her cargo and then she will be pulled off.
      Detroit Advertiser & Tribune
      October 7, 1872 4-8

The wreckers which left several days since to rescue the schr. PHALAROPE, ashore near Eau, on Lake Erie, failed in the undertaking, and have returned. The vessel has been abandoned, and doubtless will be suffered to go to pieces unless others renew the attempt. The vessel was 18 years old and was built at Cleveland by Rodney Calkins. She was 371 tons burden and was owned in Milwaukee. The party which visited the same locality to rescue the CORTLANDT, have also abandoned that vessel. She has become badly broken up, so much so that the steam pumps have no effect upon her whatever. She too was an old vessel having been 24 years in commission. She was built at Cleveland, was 234 tons old style, and for several years hailed from Detroit. Both of the above vessels are being stripped of their outfit.
      Detroit Advertiser & Tribune
      October 9, 1872 4-9

Schr. CORTLAND, built in Ohio City by DeGrote in 1848. Owned by Whitaker & Co. of Detroit. Vessel of 174 tons, valued at $4,000 and rated B!.
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Vessel Register 1871

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.2975 Longitude: -81.888611
William R. McNeil
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Cortlandt (Schooner), aground, 1 Sep 1872