The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Winfield Scott (Schooner), waterlogged, 17 Aug 1871

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Schooner WINFIELD SCOTT, waterlogged off Spider Island; total loss.
      Marine Disasters of the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall.

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      SCHOONER WINFIELD SCOTT CAPSIZED. - This schooner sprung a leak and
capsized in a squall at Death's Door last Thursday night. The crew clung to the wreck
from eleven o'clock Thursday night until noon the following day, when the schooner
ETHAN ALLEN, bound into the bay, light, bore down for and rescued the chilled and
half-drowned mariners, carrying them to Menominee. The disaster occurred within
three miles of land and it is the opinion of the captain that she drifted upon the rocks
between Spider Island and Death's Door, in which event it is scarcely probable that she
can be saved. The WINFIELD SCOTT was built at Cleveland by Wm. Jones, measured
213 tons burthen, rated B 1., and was valued at $10,000, insured for $8,000. She hailed
from Chicago, where her owners reside. Capt. Faith had a one-third interest in the craft.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, August 24, 1871

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Reason: waterlogged
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 45.20943 Longitude: -86.97595
William R. McNeil
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Winfield Scott (Schooner), waterlogged, 17 Aug 1871