The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Mon., Oct. 22, 1877

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THAT SUNKEN WRECK. - Nothing tending to identify that sunken schooner on Lake Erie has come to light. The propeller China, on Monday night last at 11 o'clock, 40 miles east of Point au Pelee, sighted a wreck ahead, and passed along side. Had it not been a very bright and clear night she would have run into it without knowing or seeing it. The vessel appeared to be a long tow-barge with three masts; the train ick stays (sic) running from one mast to the other could be plainly seen. She is a large vessel and lies sunk on the bottom. Capt. Christy says he steered from the point, and knows his bearings are correct. Vessels passing down should steer for 40 miles one-half point north or south from east to avoid her. There was some speculation in Detroit on Saturday that the wreck was the three-masted schooner Canton, which cleared from here on Tuesday, but the fact of the China seeing the masts above water on Monday entirely removes that suspicion. As the wreck is liable to cause disaster to passing vessels, might not some Government vessel put in a little work at is such as pulling out the masts?

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Schooner VALENTINE, abandoned on the 10th and left to drift
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Mon., Oct. 22, 1877
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Mon., Oct. 22, 1877