The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Fellowcraft (Schooner), aground\collision, 1 Apr 1880

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Amherstburg, Ont., April 12. -- Saturday noon the schooner FELLOWCRAFT, of Port Burwell, Captain Foster, went ashore at Leamington Dock, Pigeon Bay, during the big blow. She finished loading 4,000 ties on Friday, but could not get away from the dock, owing to the heavy seas; hung on to the dock, and commenced pounding; got away and tried to make sail, but commenced to go on, and let go both anchors, but dragged ashore. The Captain scuttled her, but immediately plugged up the hole, as she was leaking badly, and soon had five feet of water in her hold. Shortly after this the schooner W. Y. EMERY, of Port Burwell, Captain Burge, which was loading ties at the same dock, broke away and collided with the FELLOWCRAFT, carrying away both of their jibbooms, and breaking the FELLOWCRAFT's cabin and rigging. The ERIE BELLE went to her assistance, and got her off at 8 o'clock Sunday night by dredging in the sand when she went o again. Both got off this morning, and were towed to Amherstburg, where the FELLOWCRAFT is discharging her cargo, and will go into dry dock at Detroit to-morrow. It is not decided whether the EMERY will go into Buffalo or go to Detroit dry dock. Both are leaking. Pumps are working all the time, and just keep the FELLOWCRAFT free. Both vessels are insured in the Phoenix, of Toronto. Damage to the FELLOWCRAFT, $2,500; EMERY, $1,000. This is the third time Captain Foster has been on this shore in six years. The ERIE BELLE's bill against the FELLOWCRAFT is $352, and against the EMERY $205. Captain Foster protests against this bill.
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, April 1880

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Reason: aground\collision
Lives: nil
Freight: R. R. Ties
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.0549 Longitude: -82.6062
William R. McNeil
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Fellowcraft (Schooner), aground\collision, 1 Apr 1880