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L. W. Drake (Barge), U140480, aground, 23 Sep 1890

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The ARAXES and consorts, ashore off Saginaw Bay, have been abandoned to the underwriters, no hope being entertained for their rescue.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 26, 1890
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The propeller ARAXES has gone to pieces. There is still hope of the AMERICAN GIANT and DRAKE, her barges being saved.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 30, 1890
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      Two very good jobs of wrecking were done by the tug FAVORITE, this week. On Monday she took the steam barge JOHN F. HALL off the beach in Hammond's bay after 12 hours' work, arriving in Port Huron with her at a late hour that night. Early Tuesday morning she started back to her station at Cheboygan, but was intercepted at Sand Beach and sent to the assistance of the steam barge ARAXES and consorts, DRAKE and AMERICAN GIANT, which went ashore at Point aux Barques, where they are rapidly going to pieces.
      Wrecks and Heavy Losses.
Four lumber carriers driven ashore within the past few days may be released, but they will all suffer considerable damage. Three of them, the ARAXES and consorts DRAKE and AMERICAN GIANT, went on at Point aux Barques, Lake Huron, Monday night. The fourth is the barge YANKEE, which is on Rocky Mountain Point, Beaver Island, Lake Michigan. The YANKEE was bound for Chicago with the barges BAHAMA and JUPITER, in tow of the propeller NELSON MILLS. They were caught in a blow and all of them suffered some loss but the Yankee was most unfortunate.
      Marine Review
      September 25, 1890
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The Reid Wrecking Company yesterday released the ARAXES and the DRAKE and AMERICAN GIANT.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 6, 1890
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      Wrecker Reid says that the barges DRAKE and GIANT are in shape to deliver their cargoes to Tonawanda.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 9, 1890
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      Tug SEA GULL will tow sown the barges DRAKE and GIANT. The ARAXES will be taken to Bay City.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 10, 1890
Schooner L.W. DRAKE. U. S. No. 140480. Of 456.11 tons gross; 433.31 tons net. Built Bay City, Mich., 1889. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 160.0 x 30.6 x 12.5
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: aground
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Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.84168 Longitude: -82.6416
William R. McNeil
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L. W. Drake (Barge), U140480, aground, 23 Sep 1890