The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sweepstakes (Schooner), broke adrift, 28 Nov 1875

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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

      DETROIT, Nov. 30. -- The schooner PAMLICO, with a cargo of wheat, is ashore and full of water at Little Traverse Bay. The crews of the barges WARREN and SWEEPSTAKES, wrecked yesterday, have been saved, but some of them are badly frozen. The schooner BRIDGEWATER with a cargo of wheat is ashore and full of water at Waugoshenee, in a dangerous position. The brig ROSCIUS is at Point Le Barber with her canvas gone. The schooner St. LAWRENCE, with a cargo of coal, became unmanage able on Sunday night on account of the rigging being covered with ice, and went ashore near South Point, Lake Huron. With favourable weather she will be released. The tug SWEEPSTAKES leaves tonight for the BRIDGEWATER, with three steam pumps and a diver, the BRIDGEWATER is ashore at Waugoshance, Straits of Mackinaw. No lives were lost from barge WAURECEAN as reported..
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Wednesday, December 1, 1875

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Reason: broke adrift
Lives: nil
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Sweepstakes (Schooner), broke adrift, 28 Nov 1875