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E. M. Portch (Schooner), U8300, sunk, 1 Nov 1871

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Schooner E.M. PORTCH, coal, sprung a leak and sunk near the Beavers; total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      ASHORE. - The schooner E.M. PORTCH is reported ashore on Beaver Island.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, November 20, 1871

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      SCHOONER E.M. PORTCH SUNK. - The schooner E.M. PORTCH, which was ashore on Beaver Island, was pulled off, but when about two miles away she sunk, with only her topmasts above water. Her crew escaped in the small boat, and four of them arrived at Chicago Sunday morning. The captain and one man remained on the island to look after the wreck. The vessel is owned by Portch & Johnson, who value her at $20,000; insured. She had on board 500 tons of coal, which was consigned to Chicago dealers.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, November 22, 1871

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.66472 Longitude: -85.55731
William R. McNeil
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E. M. Portch (Schooner), U8300, sunk, 1 Nov 1871