Maritime History of the Great Lakes
, sunk ?, 1 Dec 1862
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A correspondent at Southampton, writing on the 16th inst. Informs us that between that port and Cape Hurd a considerable quantity of stuff has come ashore, such as flour, cranberrys &c. Mr. Donald McAuley, of Southampton, and his brothers, being out in their boat, picked up a cannon, in 8 feet of water, weighing 4,900 lbs. They also found 2 pails, with "Illinois" marked on them. Quantities of various kinds of furniture have also come ashore, and the supposition of course is that some sailing vessel or steamer has been wrecked in the late gales.
      The brothers McAuley having proceeded some distance up the lake shore, a violent gale came on one night at 12 o'clock, and they went down with lights to the shore to secure their boat, when they heard shouting from the lake. They made all sorts of signals to those from whom the sounds proceeded, to come ashore, but without effect and the McAuley's accordingly made their way out through the broken ice with their boat until they found an Indian boat upset, and clinging to it two men and a woman and three children, who were on the verge of perishing, the sea was rolling over them, and none of them were able to stand on their feet when taken into the McAuley boat. They lost their boat and its cargo and before getting to shore the McAuley's lost their boat also, which was dashed against the rocks and went down, they got safely to shore themselves however along with the Indians whom they had rescued from a water grave.
      Toronto Globe
      Tuesday, December 22, 1862

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Reason: sunk ?
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.48339 Longitude: -81.38305
William R. McNeil
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, sunk ?, 1 Dec 1862