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R. P. Mason (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1871

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Schooner R.P. MASON, cargo supplies, ashore near Leland; total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      A melancholy disaster, attended with loss of life, occurred on Sunday morning. The wrecking tug LEVIATHAN had been working for some time upon the schooner R.P. MASON, ashore at Waugoschance, and succeeded in getting her off Saturday night. The next morning, during the storm, the LEVIATHAN got the tow-line in one of her wheels, and had to cut loose from the vessel. The MASON, in her disabled condition, with a hole eight feet square in her bottom, rolled over on her beam ends, throwing off a steam pump. She drifted ashore near Cross Village, and her captain, engineer, three sailors and the engineer of the pump were lost. The vessel lies in a bad place, and Captain Drake thinks she will go
to pieces, if she has not done so already.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, October 23, 1871

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      THEIR NAMES. - The names of the saved from the schooner R.P. MASON, which capsized on Lake Michigan, are: Joseph Anderson, mate; Samuel Morris, steward; and S.A. Peterson, seaman, of the MASON; and Wm. Clute, second engineer of the LEVIATHAN. The following are the names of the men who lost their lives: Capt. Thomas Dahle; Martin Hanson, and two men known as Hans and Louis, of the schooner MASON, and William Beede, a fireman on the LEVIATHAN.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 24, 1871

      From Mr. Ellsworth, of the tug LEVIATHAN, we learn that the schooner R.P. MASON, which capsized while being towed by this tug, and drifted upon a reef in Little Traverse Bay, causing the loss of five lives, was subsequently washed of the reef, and her masts breaking off she turned bottom up, in which condition she was swept upon the beach, near the reef, where she now lies, a complete wreck. Her stern is gone, the deck broken up, and side crushed in. The MASON was a vessel of 169 tons burthen. - Mil. Wis.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, November 15, 1871

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NOTE:- The R.P. MASON was recovered from the above casualty and sailed until June, of 1917.

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Reason: aground
Lives: 6
Freight: supplies
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.64223 Longitude: -85.03756
William R. McNeil
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R. P. Mason (Schooner), aground, 1 Oct 1871