The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
H. B. Burger (Schooner), U95367, aground, 23 May 1883

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      A few hours after the wreck of the JENNY LIND the schooner HENRY B. BURGER struck the breakwater at Thirty-third street, and will probably prove a total wreck. The BURGER is owned by John Ruby, of Ludington, Mich., was lumber laden, and bound from Ludington to Chicago. Her cargo is consigned to Loomis & Mclaren. She left Ludington at 11 o'clock Monday morning and made her trip in safety in spite of the high wind encountered, arriving here at 3 o'clock yesterday morning. On reaching the harbor she let go both her anchors off the Exposition Building. The weather was too much for the cable of her large anchor, which parted and she began to drift,
      Dragging Her Small Anchor.
She swung around and came for shore, stern to the wind and struck with great violence, bows on, at the point named above. When the cable parted she hoisted a signal, and the life crew followed her, but fortunately their services were not necessary to save life. The Captain and entire crew stepped from the wreck to the pier, and easily came ashore. The names of the men are as follows: -
      John McCoy, captain.
      John Welsh, mate.
      Michael Gleason, steward.
      James Connelly; Jack Watt, and two Norwegians, whose names could not be ascertained.
      The BURGERS' hull holds together, so that probably her cargo, save her deck-load, will be saved.
      The BURGER measures 190 tons. She was built at manitowoc by Rand & Burger in 1875, rates A 2, and had a valuation of $8,000.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

BIG BLOW YESTERDAY. -- The schooner JENNIE LIND went ashore at the foot of 33rd street, Chicago and went to pieces. 4 drowned, 1 saved at 6 this morning.
The schooner MINNIE BURGER loaded with lumber went ashore at the foot of 28th street at 8:30 this morning. All 7 crewmen were saved.
The schooner MIESEL is ashore near lakeport.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, May 22, 1883

The Schooner H.B. BURGER went ashore and was wrecked on Monday morning, her captain and crew, consisting of Captain McCoy and six men having saved themselves by jumping ashore near 27th. Street, Chicago. The BURGER was built at Manitowoc in 1875, and owned by Robey & Waldo, of Ludington. Chicago Report
      Marine Record
      May 26, 1883

BURGER, H.B. Schooner of 190 Tons, 8 years of age. Total loss on Lake Michigan in 1883. Value $8,000.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

Schooner H.B. BURGER ashore May 23, 1883. app. value $7,500. app. loss $7,500
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

Schooner H.B. BURGER, 181 tons, built 1875. Total wreck Lake Michigan,1883.
      "Hist.,of the Great Lakes
      by Mansfield pp. 802

H.B. BURGER Schooner of 190 Tons. Built Manitowoc 1875 by Rand & Burger. Owned by Lizts. Home port, Milwaukee. Value $8,000 Class A 2.
      Inland Lloyds Vessel Register, 1882

Schooner H.B. BURGER. U. S. No. 95367. Of 190.61 tons gross; 181.08 tons net. Built Manitowoc, Wis., 1875. Home port, Ludington, Mich. 118.0 x 26.0 x 9.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
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H. B. Burger (Schooner), U95367, aground, 23 May 1883