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Nellie Gardner (Schooner), U18777, aground, 14 Oct 1883

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The Schooner NELLIE GARDNER, ashore on South Point, Scare Crow Island, is a total loss, being without insurance. She will be stripped and abandoned. - Cleveland Report.
      Marine Record
      Oct. 18, 1883

The schooner NELLIE GARDNER (Alpena dispatch Oct. 14) is a total wreck near South Point, about 1 miles from Scarecrow Island, Thunder Bay. She went ashore about 1 o'clock this morning. She was in tow of the steam barge JOHN PRIDGEON Jr., both coming inro Thunder Bay for shelter. The GARDNER let go her tow line to maneuver better but her rudder got disabled and the anchors did not hold. She drifted on a reef and soon broke in two. The crew got ashore in the yawl.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, October 15, 1883

A violent gale set in on Friday last, varying at intervals to northeast, and continues up to the present with but little or no decrease. On Lake Huron and Michigan a series of disasters may be looked for, although at present but two are heard from. The schooner NELLIE GARDNER, downward bound, in tow of the propeller JOHN PRIDGEON, laden with 39,000 bushels of corn from Chicago is the first victim heard from. The storm becoming very violent, her tow line was cast adrift from the steamer, when, soon after her rudder was disabled at Thunder Bay, and she drifted ashore at or near Scare Crow Island, and in a short time became a total loss with cargo. The GARDNER was a staunch built craft of 565 tons burden, and was built by P. Lester at Marine City in 1873. and was refastened in 1877. Her valuation is about $16,000. She was owned by John Pridgeon of this city, who had no insurance on her. The insurance on the cargo is $21,000. Crew safe. - Detroit Report.
      Marine record
      Oct. 18, 1883

Schooner NELLIE GARDNER. U. S. No. 18777. Of 565.13 tons gross; 536.88 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich., 1873. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 177.9 x 31.1 x 13.2.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.91168 Longitude: -83.32886
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Nellie Gardner (Schooner), U18777, aground, 14 Oct 1883