The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), 12 November 1887 (Saturday)


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Capt. A. P. Read, owner of the schooner Myosotis, received a telegram from Capt. John Mahoney, the master, reporting the loss of his vessel at St. Joseph. The Myosotis left Escanaba last Tuesday with 600 tons of ore. Encountering adverse winds she ran to Chicago for shelter, leaving her Thursday night. A brisk northerly wind was blowing, and while the vessel was trying to make the harbor at St. Joseph at 1 o'clock yesterday morning she ran on the sandbar that obstructs the entrance to the river there. Three times the seas lifted her and let her drop on the bar. The last time her back was broken. Then a sea swept under her quarters and shoved her over the bar into deep water. A few minutes later she was driven on the beach about thirty rods south of the pier, where she now lies a total loss with her cargo washing out of her. Capt. Benham of Cleveland, who was here looking after the insurance on the Vernon, left for the wreck last night, in the interest of the underwriters. This is the fourth vessel Capt. Read has had wrecked within a month. During a severe storm in October the Havana sunk a few rods from where the Myosotis now lies, and a few miles further north the City of Green Bay went to pieces, while the D. S. Austin was damaged to the extent of $12,000 by running ashore in Lake Huron. All three of these wrecks happened in one day. Capt. Read has had almost the entire savings of a lifetime swept away, as he had but a limited amount of insurance on any of his vessels. The Myosotis was built at Milwaukee in 1874, measured 317 tons, and was valued at $8,000. She was insured for $2,400 in the Mercantile of Cleveland and $2,400 in the Detroit Fire & Marine. Her cargo was consigned to Pickands & Brown, and was fully insured in the Boston Marine.


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Date of Original:
12 November 1887 (Saturday)
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GLN.3573
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Robert C. Myers
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), 12 November 1887 (Saturday)