The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Alaska (Schooner), U356, aground, 18 Sep 1884

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The schooner ALASKA, loaded with ore, sprung a leak and ran ashore Wednesday night at Scott's Point on the north shore of Lake Michigan between Manistique and St. Ignace and became a total loss. She was owned by Arch. Muir of this city and was built at Port Dalhousie in 1863 by the Muir Brothers for them. She was formerly the ACORN, her name being changed last year.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, September 19, 1884
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      Schooner ALASKA stranded at Scott's Point, 20 miles north of Beaver Island, and will prove a total loss. She was laden with ore from Escanaba. Built Port Dalhousie by Muir in 1863 as ACORN of 316 tons burden.
      Marine Record
      September 25, 1884

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Schooner ALASKA. Home port, Port Huron. On September 18, 1884, vessel went ashore at Scott's Point, Lake Michigan, and became a total loss. Loss on vessel $5,000. Loss of cargo $1,667. Cost to insurance $6,667.
      Disasters to Lake Shipping, 1884
      Cleveland Herald
      November 28, 1884

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Bark ACORN. U.S. No. 356, of 316.31 tons gross; 302.76 tons net. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. Changed name to ALASKA* on Aug. 9, 1883
* ALASKA lost December 31, 1883
      List of Vessels Whose Names Have been
      Changed under the Act of March 2, 1881
      U. S. Merchant vessel List, 1885

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $5,000
Cargo: $1,667
Freight: ore
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.95888 Longitude: -85.69177
William R. McNeil
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Alaska (Schooner), U356, aground, 18 Sep 1884