DISASTERS TO SHIPPING AND LOSS OF LIFE
Detroit Nov. 29. -- A North-west gale of great fury, with intense cold, prevails on Lake Huron since last night and will prove disastrous to shipping outside. The schooners GROTON and BRIDGEWATER are ashore at Waugoshanee. The barge SWEEPSTAKES broke loose from the propeller JENNESS off Point Au Barques before daylight this morning, and was soon lost sight of, and it is feared lost, with her crew. The propeller TRADER was obliged to cast off her tow of three barges above Point Au Barques. One of them, the WAURECAN, waterlogged and went on a reef just above the point. The crew are supposed to be all lost. The captain's
name was McKenzie; he lived in Detroit, and had his wife and two children on board. The other barge succeeded in reaching Sand Beach Harbour. At the latter place are the steamers PORTAGE, BELLE CROSS, and DUNLOP. The schooner GENOA has been taken of the beach and is on her way down. The four master ADAMS is laying at anchor six miles above Fort Gratiot. The storm of last night was a severe one. The schooner SAGINAW, loaded with sulphur for Cleveland, went ashore at Ashtabula, and is probably a total loss. The barges H. A. CHAMBERLAIN, GEORGE KELLY, and H. G. in tow of the steamer ELMIRA, bound from Buffalo
to Saginaw, light, were left at anchor off this port last night, the ELMIRA, coming in to coal. A heavy sea this afternoon, parted the anchor chain of the CHAMBERLAIN and KELLY, and the vessels went ashore. The former broke in two, and is a total loss, the latter may be got
off. The H.J's anchors held and she was brought in by a tug. No lives were lost. The CHAMBERLAIN was owned by Ferris Bros., Bay City. And the KELLY by Mr. Kelly and Captain Kehoe of Bay City. No insurance on either.
Toronto Daily Globe
Tuesday, November 30, 1875
The wrecked schooner GROTON was expected in port last evening, and would probably arrive during the night.
The J. W. Hall Great Lakes Scrapbook, May 1876
THE GROTON. -- The schooner GROTON, that went ashore in the Straits last fall, was towed here yesterday by the tug PROTECTION. She is in a dilapidated condition; sails gone, booms gone, bottom chafed and torn, and smashed generally; and, said her owner with a sigh, "I'll have to go deep into my pockets, which is tough these hard times, to make her good." --- Chicago Post, 16th.
Thursday, May 18, 1876
The schooner GROTON is one of the worst looking wrecks ever brought into Chicago. To repair her would cost $9,600, and her tow bills are also large. She will probably be sold for little or nothing and converted into a barge.
Friday, June 2, 1876
Schooner GROTON. U. S. No. 10888. Of 352.04 tons gross; 334.44 tons net. Built Port Huron, Mich., 1868. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 156.6 x 26.2 x 12.2
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1897