The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), October 21, 1888

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The Canadian schooner Bangalore, which wet a large portion of her cargo of salt on her trip to this port, was placed in dry-dock yesterday to have the leaks stopped. Caulkers were instantly put to work on the vessel's bottom, and the captain concluded to inspect her himself. Imagine his surprise and consternation when he made the startling discovery that there were as many as half a dozen auger holes in the vessel's bottom, evidently driven from above. The auger used was a very small one, else the vessel would undoubtedly have foundered on her trip up. As it is, her escape was a very narrow one. It is not known where or when the holes were bored, but the work is evidently that of some malicious person who had a spite against the owners. It was evident that he plugged the holes up after boring them just about tightly enough for them to work out when the vessel was rolling in a seaway. There is but little room for doubt that it was a deliberate attempt to founder the craft and drown all hands, and the owners of the craft will use their best efforts to bring the vandals to justice. The Bangalore is owned by the firm of A. Gunn and Co., of Kingston, and is valued at $11,000. It will take about two days to complete her repairs, when she will load corn for Kingston. - Chicago Times.

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One class of shipwreck that doesn't get much notice is foul play. When a ship was sunk on purpose, it was usually to collect the insurance or steal the cargo. The deed was most often accomplished by arsonists (called "incendiaries" in the old days), and there are records of at least 40 attempts at arson which destroyed or nearly destroyed lakes ships. Here's an example of an unusual - and somewhat inept - method.

The bad guys never did sink the 1877 schooner BANGALORE (C#72590), or it least it took them a long time - she is reported "sunk and broken up" in 1915.
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October 21, 1888
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), October 21, 1888