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Weasel (Schooner), aground, 1798

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" An Indian by the name of Rayshay mekoquan from Saging a place where the "Weasel" was lost informes me that he found an Anchor at that place & that Jn. Marice Bodine claimed it as yours & recd. it, but afterwards told the Indians that it was not yours, but it had been lost by Mr. L. Barthe when commanding a King's Vessel & that it was to be ret'd to the King, this happened three years ago that Beaubien got the anchor."
      Part of Letter from John Askin Jr. to John Askin Sr. dated at St. Joseph Aug. 17, 1808
      From the John Askin Papers, 1778 - 1815
Fred Coyne Hamil, 'The Valley Of The Lower Thames, 1640 To 1850' (Toronto: U of T Press, 1951), p. 67: "Small sailing vessels could go much farther up the river, even to Fairfield when the water was high. Among them were James May's 'Swan' and John Askin's 'Weazel', which came from the Detroit to the Thames in 1796 and probably earlier. The 'Weazel' was wrecked in 1798, and its successor, the sloop 'Annette' under Captain Timothy Grummet, made a trip to the Thames in August of that year for a load of grain. It was wrecked at Long Point soon after, and Askin sent William Daly to Delaware to build another ship for him with a twenty-eight-foot keel and sixteen-foot beam. This must have been the 'Surprise', which Askin sent to the Thames in 1800 to bring down wheat for the McGregors of Sandwich..." His footnote in the paragraph is to his own work, i.e., F. C. Hamil, "Early Shipping and Land Transportation on the Lower Thames," Ontario Historical Society, 'Papers and Records', Vol. XXXIv (1942).

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Reason: aground
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.48339 Longitude: -81.38305
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Weasel (Schooner), aground, 1798