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Hunter (Brig), aground, 19 Aug 1816

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      The United States Brig HUNTER, of 71 tons, John Davis, master, sailed from Detroit for Mackinac, on the 1st of August, 1816. Her lading consisted of government stores for Fort Mackinac. The HUNTER arrived at Mackinac August 14; discharged her cargo, and started on her return trip the next day, the 15th. On the 17th the vessel encountered a heavy wind, and on the 19th, about midnight, she went ashore and was wrecked on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, about one hundred miles from St. Clair Rapids, and about eighteen miles above where the JACKSON was cast away in December, 1815.
      The crew of the HUNTER, consisting of John Davis, master: Thomas P. Woods, John P. Webb, William Bridgman, Charles Palmer, Edward Varner and Michael Kempton, seamen; John Williams, cook, and two children, who were passengers, were saved. --- St. Ignace Republican.
      Marine Record
      June 11, 1885
      By information from Detroit, we learn that sometime since, at Matchidash Bay, Lake Huron, the schooner GENERAL JACKSON, belonging to Capt. Breevort and others, was lost, part cargo saved.
      Buffalo Gazette & Niagara Intelligencer
      Tuesday, February 6th. 1816

NOTE.---although the above suggests the vessel GENERAL JACKSON was lost, she was recovered and mentioned as having arrived at Buffalo during August of 1816

" The armed brig GENERAL HUNTER, having arrived from Amherstburg, [1812] was anchored off Fort Erie to protect that flank of the line. A chain of beacons extending from Lake to lake and to high land in the township of Pelham was established with iron baskets mounted on tall poles, to give timely warning of an attack. The usual crossing places below the Fort Erie Rapids, and at the head and foot of Grand Island were closely watched.
      Memorials of Fort Erie and early Navigation of Lake Erie
      by Cruckshank p. 139

      "Tuesday morning, 8 o'clock, the brig HUNTER, ship of war, and schooner NANCY have left Fort Erie and gone up the lake, probably with military supplies for malden. -- Buffalo Gazette, 1812
      Memorials of Fort Erie and early Navigation of Lake Erie
      by Cruckshank p. 139
      HUNTER, Canadian armed brig, of 80 tons. Built 1806. Of 10 guns. Captured in the battle of Lake Erie, Sept. 1813
      Hist., of the Great Lakes
      By Mansfield
      Vessels used in the capture of Detroit, ADAMS, QUEEN CHARLOTTE, brig HUNTER.
      Kingston Gazette
      Aug. 29, 1812 [ extracted from a long article]
Port of Buffalo Arrived
Brig HUNTER Rough from Mackinac.
      Buffalo Gazette & Erie Intelligencer
      Tuesday, September 19, 1815
Port of Buffalo Cleared
      Brig HUNTER Miller for Detroit.
      Buffalo Gazette & Erie Intelligencer
      Tuesday, September 26, 1815
Port of Buffalo Cleared
      Brig HUNTER Miller, for Detroit.
      [ The HUNTER, on Sunday last left the pier with the intention to proceed up the lake, but the wind being too light, she drifted down the river near Squaw Island.]
      Buffalo Gazette & Erie Intelligencer
      Tuesday, October 17, 1815

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Hunter (Brig), aground, 19 Aug 1816