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Thistle (Schooner), U24979, 1 Sep 1877

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FOR EUROPE:-- The schooner THISTLE has been chartered at Toledo to carry a load of pine logs from Sheboygan to Liverpool for $5,000.
      Cleveland Herald
      June 9, 1976

OCEAN INSURANCE ON LAKE VESSELS AT SEA:-- The prejudice among the insurance companies against lake vessels on the ocean, especially centre- board schooners, has in a great measure been wiped out, and it is not anticipated that the owners of the various craft now about to make ocean voyages will experience any great trouble in obtaining insurance. Indeed, the insurance on many of them is already placed. Our lake vessels are built as well as, and better than those regularly employed on the Atlantic, and the underwriters are coming to see that the centre-board (a necessity on craft of medium dimensions) is no objection at all. The truth is that the centerboard is a great benefit. but for many years this fact could not be impressed on the minds of sailors and underwriters used and accustomed to the standing keel. It is a positive fact that (centerboard) craft which class B1 on the lakes are given the class of A 2 in Lloyds.
Both the PAMLICO and BENSON secured better classing on the ocean than they could obtain here on the lakes. We understand that the THISTLE, now fitting in Chicago, the MECHANIC and EMERALD, the THOMAS S. STREET, EDWARD BLAKE, CAMBRIA, MAGGIE McRAEe and A.. G. MOREY are already insured for their ocean voyages, and that the other craft going out from the lakes will obtain insurance without trouble. Those which cannot get insurance (if there be any) will go without it, indicating the confidence of the owners in their vessels. The one great necessity is to send good masters in charge, and we learn that this is to be done.- - - lnter-Ocean.
      Cleveland Herald
      June 13, 1876

      VARIOUS ITEMS:-- The schooner THISTLE is on her way from Glasgow to St. Thomas, West Indies, with a cargo of coal.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 30, 1876

LAKE CRAFT ON THE OCEAN.-- The bark T.C. STREET, owned and commanded by Captain Phipp, of Port Dover, Ont. is reported at Dundee, having made the run across in twenty-four days. The schooner EDWARD BLAKE, Capt. Peter Thompson, also arrived at London safe, having nade a very quick passage. The THISTLE and CAMBRIA are also reported as having made successful passages. The schooner W.G. GRANT, commanded by Capt. May, of Port Stanley, made a quick run fron Fort hawkesbury, Nove Scotia, to Oporto, Portugal, twenty-one and a half days. The GRANT was laden with deals, having loaded at Three Rivers, Quebec.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 11, 1876
      A letter dated Wilmington, Aug., 31. to Captain Tom Collins from Captain Wm. J. Gamble, of schooner THISTLE, an old laker, says the THISTLE is loading 4,000 barrels of resin for Rotterdam, Holand, direct, and will probably go thence to the West Indies. He has made two voyages across the Atlantic, and three or four coast trips since leaving the lakes. He further says that the THISTLE proves an excellent sea vessel, and holds her own with regular salt water vessels for safety and speed. Captain Gamble is an old navigator of the lakes, having been raised thereon, and has proved an efficient seaman.
      The J. W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, Sept. 1877

RIG: Schooner
GROSS: 363.13 (1875; 1876; 1877; 1878)
HOME PORT: Manitowoc, WI (1875; 1876; 1877; 1878)
YEARS LISTED: 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878.
      MVUS, Pre-list to 1885
Schooner THISTLE. Of 363 tons. Built Manitowoc Sept. 1873 by Rand. Owned by P. Johnson. Home port, Manitowoc. Value $17,000 Class, A 1. REMARKS: Three masts.
      Association of Lake Underwriters
      !876 Classification

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Thistle (Schooner), U24979, 1 Sep 1877