The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John Rae (Schooner), gale damage, 13 Nov 1865

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BRIG JOHN RAE. -- This vessel, owned in Canada, and commanded by Capt. Hill, during the southwest gale of Friday last, when off Pt. Washington about 20 miles, lost her foremast overboard, and for some time thereafter all hands expected to go to the bottom before they could remove the broken mast [which had become fouled] from the vessel. The vessel was loaded with wheat, and after removing 3,000 bushels, she became in a degree managable. During the day the captain hailed the bark St. Lawrence and left the vessel with his wife, leaving the mate and hands in charge. After the captain forsook his vessel, the mate, James Hughes, succeeded in bringing her to anchor at Manistee, Michigan, where he engaged the tug TIFFT to tow her to this port, arriving yesterday afternoon. The RAE had a cargo of 12,000 bushels of wheat, taken on board at Chicago, and was bound for Port Colborne. The cargo is much damaged and will be removed into the marine elevator of this city. -- Mil. Wisc.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 25, 1865

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Reason: gale damage
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.38722 Longitude: -87.87564
William R. McNeil
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John Rae (Schooner), gale damage, 13 Nov 1865