The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Challenge (Schooner), 1876

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The schooner CHALLENGE was prevented from leaving Quebec for England with her cargo of deals until she received a new mainmast. She had on board 130,000 feet of deal when she arrived at Quebec, but it is thought she cleared from that port with about 110,000 feet.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 18, 1876

      The several Rascine vessels now in foreign ports are all for sale. The brig MECHANIC, owned by Birch, Bruce & Bliss, is at Bristol, England. It is said that she has been sold, but the price is not named. The schooner CITY OF MANITOWOC, owned by Glass & Higgie, is in Leith, Scotland - a new vessel. The CHALLENGE is supposed to be in Queenstown. The ENTERPRISE owned by Messrs Powers, was recently at Belfast, Ireland. A report reached Milwaukee that she had been sold at Londonderry for $8,000. Captain Richar Powers, half-owner, says he has received no notice of such fact, his brother Captain John Powers, has power-of attorney to sell, and may have disposed of her. If he got the sum named it was, to say the least, all the ENTERPRISE was worth. - - - Chicago Inter-ocean
      Cleveland Herald
      September 30, 1876

The schooner ENTERPRISE, which left the lakes last fall for an ocean voyage, is now running between Belfast, Ireland and Adrossin, Scotland, carrying coal. She is now a full rigged bark. The schooners CHALLENGE and MECHANIC are engages in the coal trade between Drogheda and Cardiff, and getting as high as 8 shillings per ton freight. The freight from Glasgo to belfast, on coal, is 5 shillings per ton.
      Detroit Tribune
      Thursday, June 14, 1877

      Capt. Kelly, of Racine, a well known lake navigator, arrived at Chicago Thursday from England, where he went over two years ago in his vessel, the brig MECHANIC. At the time he was followed by another of his vessels, the schooner CHALLENGE, which he sold about the same time he disposed of the brig. For some time past Capt. Kelly has been engaged in running a steamer from England and France. Last evening he departed for Racine to see his wife, from whom he has been seperated since his departure.
      Detroit Free Press
      Saturday, August 10, 1878

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Challenge (Schooner), 1876