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Lillie E. (Schooner), U15872, aground, 21 May 1883

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Milwaukee, Wis., May 20. -- The schooner LILLIE E., of Manistee, laden with 180,000 feet of lumber, went ashore at a late hour tonight one mile south of the life saving station. Her crew of seven men, Captain Charles Brooks of Chicago, were rescued by the use of the breeches buoy of the Life Saving Station.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

Manistee, Wis., May 23. -- If the weather will permit, the wrecking tug LEVIATHAN, of this port, and the tug CROWELL, of Manistee, will attempt the releasing of the schooner LILLIE E., on the beach at this port. The vessel has not as yet been damaged to any extent, but she is careened over, her deck on the port side being under water.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

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

Milwaukee, Wis., May 21. -- The schooner LILLIE E. which went ashore on Jones' Island, with a crew of seven saved, completes the list of disasters know in this vicinity at the present time.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883

No attempt will be made to remove the LILLIE E., which has been stripped, till a heavy sea comes on, when three tugs will try to pull her off.
      Marine Record
      June 2, 1883

The schooner LILLIE E. was released from the beach tonight by the tugs WELCOME and HAGERMANN, and towed into shallow water in the harbor. Her bottom is thought to be badly damaged.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, June 1883

The Schooner LILLIE E. in dock here, will require part of a new keel, considerable new planking, entire refastening and calking, new stern post, a new rudder, and an entire new cabin. She will be repaired by the Underwriters and given back to her owners, who had abandoned her last week. Milwaukee report.
      Marine Record
      June 9, 1883

LILY E. Schooner, U. S. official No. 15872. Built Manitowoc 1869, of 191.59 Tons Gross, 182.01 Tons Reg. Home Port, Grand Haven, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel of the United States 1884

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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
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Lillie E. (Schooner), U15872, aground, 21 May 1883