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American Eagle (Scow), aground, 10 Nov 1864

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      (communicated to the GLOBE)
Several American vessels were out in the gale of Wednesday and Thursday last, are ashore on this coast. Two are west of Chantry Island - the -one on the shoal , nearly a ¼ of a mile out , and the other quite close to the shore of the Island. The former is the schooner ALTAIR from Chicago, having 17,000 bushels of wheat on board, and the other the scow AMERICAN EAGLE, empty, having been on her way from Detroit to Saginaw for a load of lumber , both vessels got on before daylight Friday morning.
The ALTAIR having sprung a leak made for Chantry Island Light, and was in a sinking condition when she grounded on the shoal.
      The scow expected to clear the north end of the Island and get into the anchorage to leeward, but failed.
The schooner ANNA CRAIG, of Cobourg, succeeded in getting safe into anchorage about 8 o'clock on Friday morning, and left with a fair wind on Saturday Morning.
Muuch anxiety was felt for the safety of the ALTAIR, as the sea could be seen occasionally breaking over her, and she had a flag of distress hung out, but a boat from the schooner LILY DANCY of Goderich, which was safely anchored to leeward of the Island, having been seen going to the Island in the morning, confidance was felt that anything sailors could do for them, could and would be done by that boat's crew. They carried a boat across the Island and succeeded in taking the crew off , and all got safe ashore , though they had a narrow escape-the boat having been capsized in the breakers , but fortunately not far from shore.
      part of an article in Toronto GLOBE
      November 18th 1864

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-The Buffalo Express of Wed. morn reports.
The schooner ALTAIR, is reported ashore at Chantry Island, near Georgian Bay, with a load of wheat. Capt. Dobbins also reports the scow AMERICAN EAGLE ashore on Chantry Island, above Georgian Bay.
      carried in the Toronto GLOBE
      Thursday, November 17, 1864
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[possibly the 1864 scow AMERIVAN EAGLE ??]
      THE "AMERICAN EAGLE" is the name of the new vessel built by Capt. Daniel Dibble, of this city, which was launched on Saturday last, in fine style, without accident of any kind that we have heard of. It is a beautiful model, and is probably one of the strongest vessels of her class on the lakes. She cost between 9 and $10,000. Her Custon House measurement is 185 tons, and is what is called a low-rigged schooner.
      Dimensions - Length on deck, 95 ft.; beam 24 ft.; hold, 9 ft. 1 inch.
      Owners - Messrs. Daniel Dibble, Harrison P. Sackett, Wakeman Dibble and Stuart E. Bell.
Master - Harrison P. Sackett. - Sandusky Clarion.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Wednesday, October 8, 1845

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: nil
Remarks: Got off ??
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.49 Longitude: -81.403055
William R. McNeil
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American Eagle (Scow), aground, 10 Nov 1864