The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Diamond (Scow), struck reef, 13 Oct 1876

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SCOW DIAMOND WRECKED. -- The scow DIAMOND, loaded with stone, struck a rock at Colchester Reef, Lake Erie, on Friday, and sprung a leak. Having lost her small boat, the crew found their means of escape cut off, and two of them, at least, being unable to swim, would undoubtedly have been drowned but for the prompt and ingenious action of John Kingston, one of the sailors, who securely fastened a heavy rope to one of the masts and then swam to the Canadian shore, which was close at hand, and secured the other end to a large tree. In this manner a rope bridge of a single cable was formed, and by clinging to it the remainder of the crew, consisting of Robert Fulton, Peter Duross, and a lad named William Chadwick were enable to reach the shore in safety, although suffering severely from the effects of their cold bath. The scow went to pieces about daylight Saturday. She was said to be owned at Painesville, O. --- Milwaukee Sentinel.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, October 16, 1876

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Reason: struck reef
Lives: nil
Freight: stone
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.933333 Longitude: -82.893055
William R. McNeil
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Diamond (Scow), struck reef, 13 Oct 1876