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B. Parsons (Schooner), U2420, sunk, 1 Jul 1883

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Members of the crew of the Schooner H.B. PARSONS, sunk at Charlevoix, came up on the Propeller IDAHO. Efforts are being made to raise the vessel. As she lies she blockades the harbor. Chicago Report.
      Marine Record
      July 26, 1883

Milwaukee, Wis., July 21. -- The Captain of the propeller LAWRENCE reports that the canal schooner THOMAS PARSONS is sunk at the entrance of Charlevoix harbor.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, July 1883
      Collector Hall yesterday received a dispatch from the Deputy Collector at Charlevoix, asking that the revenue cutter ANDY JOHNSON be sent to remove the schooner B. PARSONS, which is an obstruction to the harbor. A few weeks ago the PARSONS, while sailing into Charlevoix, struck the north pier and sunk so that she formed an obstruction, and that vessels could no get in or out. The owner of the PARSONS is a poor man, and unable to pay a wrecking bill, which would probably amount to as much as the vessel is worth, she being an old craft. The whereabouts of the JOHNSON is not known to Collector Hall at present, but she will in all probability be sent to raise the obstruction as soon as she is heard from.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, August, 1883

The probabilities are the that the schooner G. PARSONS, recently sunk at the entrance of Charlevoix harbor, will not be raised. She is considerably damaged, but her owner has not sufficient means to pay the cost of wrecking. Captain Casey, of the propeller CHAMPLAIN, states that the severe gale of last Saturday nearly completed her destruction, as the many seas broke over her and raised her deck at least two feet.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, August, 1883

Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 29. -- Tomorrow the tug S.S. COE will go to Charlevoix to remove the schooner B. PARSONS, which forms an obstruction at tthe mouth of the harbor.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, Nov./Dec., 1883

The schooner B. PARSONS will probably be removed from the entrance to Charlevoix harbor today. - Cleveland Report.
      Marine Record
      Dec. 20, 1883

The tug S.S. COE, which left Milwaukee four weeks ago to remove the wreck of the schooner B. PARSONS, at the entrance to Charlevoix Harbor, has been laid up at that port, she was unable to return to Milwaukee after accomplishing the work on account of boistrous weather. The Independent Tug Company received $1,200 for the work. - Cleveland Report
      Marine Record
      Jan. 3, 1884

PARSONS, B. 217 tons, and 27 years of age, became a total loss on Lake Huron during 1883. Value $10,000.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

Schooner B. PARSONS. U. S. No. 2420. Of 217.94 tons. Home port, Buffalo.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.31806 Longitude: -85.2584
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B. Parsons (Schooner), U2420, sunk, 1 Jul 1883