The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Martin Courtwright (Schooner), aground, 9 Nov 1871

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Schooner M. COURTWRIGHT, cargo lumber, ashore near Racine and abandoned, a total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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WATERLOGGED. - The schooner M. COURTWRIGHT, owned by Chicago parties, became waterlogged near Racine during the height of the gale Thursday, and was
abandoned. The ANDREW JOHNSON will render assistance.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, November 13, 1871

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The revenue cutter ANDREW JOHNSON returned on Saturday evening from her
expedition to render assistance to the schooner M. COURTWRIGHT, reported
waterlogged and abandoned near Racine. She found the vessel upon the beach one mile and a half this side of Kenosha, a complete wreck. Her mainmast, rail, stanchions, bulwarks and stern were gone, the deck broken up, and the hull split in two fore and aft. The beach for miles was strewn with lumber from the wreck The foremast, with standing rigging, running gear, and all of the canvas, appeared to be in good shape. The sails were all snugly furled, with the exception of the gaff topsail, which was flapping in the wind, having apparently broken from its lashing. One anchor was down, the other on the rail. Had both been dropped they would probably have kept the vessel from going on the beach. The COURTWRIGHT measures 276 tons burthen, was built at Erie in 1856, rated B 2 and worth about $7,000. She received new decks in 1871.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, November 15, 1871

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 42.72613 Longitude: -87.78285
William R. McNeil
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Martin Courtwright (Schooner), aground, 9 Nov 1871