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M. L. Canfield (Schooner), sunk, 15 Sep 1881

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Detroit, Sept. 16. -- The three-masted schooner M. L. CANFIELD, bound from Cleveland to Amherstburg with 365 tons of coal, foundered off Bar Point in last night's gale and lies in sixteen feet of water. Her crew, consisting of Captain Spence, five man and one woman, reached Amherstburg in the yawl. The vessel and cargo are uninsured.
      Cleveland Herald
      Saturday, September 17, 1881

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Amherstburg, Sept. 16. -- The three-masted schooner M. L. CANFIELD, formerly the scow MARY LYDIA, which was rebuilt here this summer, foundered in last night's storm off Bar Point. She left Cleveland at 11 o'clock yesterday forenoon with 365 tons of coal for John S. Mullen & Company, of Amherstburg, and encountered heavy weather all the way, the storm increasing in violence as she came this way. She was leaking some, but her pumps kept her free easy enough. When off Bar Point Captain Spence decided to come to anchor and not enter the river till morning, as there was a large number of storm-bound vessels at anchor at the mouth of the river.
      By 1 o'clock this morning the sea became so heavy as to roll completely over the schooner, and one unusually heavy sea swept her deck from stem to stern. The crew, consisting of the captain, five men and one woman, then took to the yawl and cut loose the lashings as the schooner went down. After being afloat in the yawl for eight hours, in a drenching rain and heavy sea, the crew reached Amherstburg at 9 o'clock this morning in safety. The CANFIELD is in the middle ground, off Bar Point, in sixteen feet of water. The tug WILLIAM HALL, with Captain Spence on board, left here at noon for the wreck, for the purpose of stripping her and seeing what can be done towards raising her. The CANFIELD was owned by Messrs. Canfield, of Kingsville, was valued at $5,000 and was uninsured. She rated A 2. The cargo was also uninsured, and it is thought that the loss will fall on the shippers. This was only the second cargo the CANFIELD has carried since being rebuilt. She will probably be raised.
      Cleveland Herald
      September 19, 1881

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Arrangements are being made to raise the schooner M. L. CANFIELD, sunk off Bar Point.
      Cleveland Herald
      Tuesday, September 20, 1881

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The tug BOB HACKETT is stripping the schooner CANFIELD, which foundered on Bar Point. Nothing will be done towards recovering the hull. The wreck will probably cause trouble next season, as the ice will likely shift her this winter.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, November 24, 1881

NOTE:-- M. L. CANFIELD a total loss in 1884.

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Freight: coal
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    Latitude: 42.055277 Longitude: -83.116388
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M. L. Canfield (Schooner), sunk, 15 Sep 1881