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Enterprise (Schooner), U7303, 1 Jun 1876

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arrived safely:- The schooner ENTERPRISE, of Racine, Captain John Powers, has arrived safely at Glasgow, Scotland. It is said she made the run across the Atlantic in 14 days
      Cleveland Herald
      August 12, 1876

VARIOUS ITEMS:-- Captain John Powers, of the schooner ENTERPRISE, writes from Glasgow that he is negotiating for a cargo to Archangel, Russia.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 17, 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. John Powers, whose death at Racine has been announced, was born in Ireland in 1817 and at an early age adopted the life of a sailor. In 1843 he reached Quebec on a packet ship and paid a visit to the lakes, his trip included stops at Milwaukee and Chicago. Returning to the Atlantic he found employment in the coast wise trade until 1846 when he sailed for San Francisco. After four years spent on the Pacific he revisited Ireland and married. A little later he emigrated to Wisconsin. After residing in Milwaukee one year he removed to Racine and made that city his permenant home. In 1859 he became master and part owner of the schooner FRANCES. In 1862 he built and brought out the schooner BELOIT and commanded her for three years. In 1865 he was master of the schooner NASHOTAH. In 1866 he commanded the schooner CARRIER. In 1868 he became the sole owner and master of the schooner ENTERPRISE. In 1876 he chartered the ENTERPRISE for Europe with a cargo of pine deals, which he loaded at Muskegon and delivered at Glasgow. He then chartered for St. Petersburg out, and home cargo, but on the voyage out the ENTERPRISE was dismasted in a gale on Munich Sound, north of Scotland. He towed back to Belfast, Ireland and abandoned the voyage owing to the heavy cost of repair. He then sold the vessel, returned to Racine and retired from the lakes.
      Evening Wisconsin
      July 22, 1897

RIG: Schooner
GROSS: 207.14 (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879)
HOME PORT: Chicago, IL (Pre-list); Milwaukee, WI (1869); Racine, WI (1870;1871;1872;1873;1875;1876;1877;1878;1879)
YEARS LISTED: Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879.

Schooner ENTERPRISE. Of 207 tons. Built at Buffalo by Connor in 1857. Owned by J. Powers. Home port, Racine. Value, $8,000. Class, B 1. REMARKS:-- Rebuilt in 1873.
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      1876 classification

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Enterprise (Schooner), U7303, 1 Jun 1876