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Petrel (Schooner), U19673, sunk, 21 May 1883

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The barge CLEMATIS broke up at Lakeport on Tuesday morning. The deck and spar floated to this port about 5 p.m.. She was built at Cleveland by LaFrenier in 1863. She was once a tug.
      The scow O.T. WILCOX was wrecked near Port Crescent, Lake Huron, on Sunday night. All were saved.
      The schooner BISSELL is aground at E. Saginaw, but was released.
      The schooner PETREL wrecked near Milwaukee - 3 drowned.
      Schooner SAILOR BOY ashore near Bay View, Lake Michigan.
      Schooner LILLIE E. ashore on Jones Island, Milwaukee.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, May 23, 1883

The Papers of the Schooner PETREL have been recovered, and the names of the three seamen drowned are learned to be Chas. J. Olson, Mate, of Milwaukee, who was married here three months ago, Jacob Hanson and Martin A. Mattison. None of the bodies have been found but the Lake will be dragged. Milwaukee Report
      Marine Record
      May 26, 1883

Milwaukee, Wis., May 21. -- Off this port last night six of the crew of the schooner PETREL deserted the captain, and taking a yawl boat attempted to reach the shore, thinking the schooner would founder, but she did not. They had gone but a short distance when the yawl capsized, and three of the crew were drowned. The others clung to the bottom of the boat and were saved this morning. The captain was picked up off the wreck by a tug.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

Schooner PETREL. U. S. No. 19673. Of 151.76 tons. Home port, Chicago
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

Schooner PETREL. U. S. No. 19673. Of 161 tons gross. Two masts. Built Buffalo, N.Y., in 1847 by F.N. Jones. Sunk Lake Michigan Oct. 17, 1883. 114.7 x 21.0 x 6.2.
      Herman Runge List
NOTE :- Raised, repaired and Totally lost Oct. 17, 1883 at Sheboygan, Lake Michigan.

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Lives: 3
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
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Petrel (Schooner), U19673, sunk, 21 May 1883