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Mayflower (Tug), aground, 10 Sep 1881

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Detroit, Sept. 11. -- The schooner DAVID DOWS had her foremast taken out by a severe squall on Lake Erie last night, she was anchored off Bar Point today.
The tug MAYFLOWER ran on Colchester Reef during the same squall on Lake Erie, and is full of water.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, September 12, 1881

      A dispatch to the Detroit Free Press from Amherstburg says: The tug KATE WILLIAMS and BALLENTINE came in from Lake Erie this evening and report the tug MAYFLOWER fast going to pieces on Colchester Reef. Her wheel-house, decks and upper works were seen floating on the lake.
      Cleveland Herald
      Saturday, September 17, 1881

Detroit, Sept. 26. -- The steambarge reported on Colchester Reef yesterday proves to be the ANTELOPE, bound up, light. She went on Saturday night, striking the machinery of the tug MAYFLOWER, which went to pieces there a short time ago. After going on she pounded so badly that Capt. Buey scuttled her. An expedition consisting of the tug JESSIE, two steam pumps and a diver left here late Sunday night to attempt her release. Great fears are entertained for her safety, as the weather here is very stormy and her position is very exposed.
      Cleveland Herald
      Tuesday, September 27, 1881

      The remains of the tug MAYFLOWER, lost on Colchester Reef, were lold by the Marshal at Amherstburg for $240. Odette & Wherry, of Windsor, being the purchasers.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 21, 1881
H.N. Jex has taken the contract of delivering the boiler and machinery of the tug MAYFLOWER at Windsor for $600.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, September 22, 1882
      H.N. Jex has succeeded in raising the machinery of the MAYFLOWER sunk at Colchester Reef. As soon as the weather if favorable he will raise the boiler.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, October 12, 1882

Detroit, Oct. 23. -- The Caisson for the new lighthouse on [Col]Chester Reef is finished, and is at anchor at Amherstburg ready to be towed to the reef as soon as the boiler of the MAYFLOWER is removed from the reef, as it is in the way.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, October, 1882

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Reason: aground
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.933333 Longitude: -82.893055
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Mayflower (Tug), aground, 10 Sep 1881