The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Stella (Schooner), waterlogged, 1 Aug 1871

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Schooner STELLA, waterlogged and dismantled on Lake Michigan; 8 lives lost; recovered.
      Marine Disasters of the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall.

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      SUPPOSED TO BE LOST. - The Chicago Republican says that a capsized schooner has been seen by several vessels not far from that port, near the head of the lake. The first three letters of her name are " STE," and it is supposed to be the schooner STEVENS. The scow ROWENA also picked up a yawl boat, bottom up, in the same locality, and it is supposed that the entire crew of the schooner, eight persons, if it is the STEVENS, were lost.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, August 15, 1871

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      ALL HANDS LOST. - A dispatch from Milwaukee says: "The rumored disaster to the schr. STELLA is confirmed. Her hull was towed into Manistee Tuesday night. She was bound for Pentwater, Mich. The captain and half owner, J.M. Racmunson, of Racine, as well as the crew, were missing, and were undoubtebly drowned." The STELLA is the vessel which the tug WILLIAMS went in search of four or five days since, and according to the above, succeeded in finding.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, August 21, 1871

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A dispatch from Milwaukee Friday evening, stated that the rumored disaster to the schooner STELLA is confirmed. Her hull was towed into Manistee Thursday night. She was bound for Pentwater. The captain and also half-owner J.M. Racsunussen of racine as well as the crew are missing and presumed drowned.
      Port Huron Times
      August 24, 1871
Schooner STELLA. Of 177 tons. Built Two Rivers in 1854 by J. harbridge. Owned by Aldrich & Smith. Home port, Chicago. Value $4,300. Class B 1. - REMARKS - Flat
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register, 1860

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Reason: waterlogged
Lives: 8
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
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Stella (Schooner), waterlogged, 1 Aug 1871