The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Petrel (Schooner), U19673, sunk, 17 Oct 1883

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Sheboygan, Wis., Oct. 17. -- The schooner PETREL tried to make this port this noon, but water-logged when in the mouth of the harbor and sunk. She is loaded with wood from Burham's Pier, for Milwaukee. She sprung a leak at midnight. The vessel is owned by Maxon and Captain Peterson. The crew of five men and one woman cook were taken off by the life-saving crew clotheless. The vessel is a total wreck and going to pieces.
      J.W. hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, Sept./Oct., 1883

A heavy southeast gale has prevailed for two days. The Schooner PETREL, bound from Burnham's Pier for Milwaukee, with a cargo of wood, water-logged off Sheboygan this morning. Her cargo was jettisoned in order to keep her afloat. Signals of distress were made, but owing to a heavy sea tugs did not venture out. On reaching the piers she broached to and sunk. She is now a total loss and is going to pieces. The crew were saved. The PETREL was built in 1867, valued at $1,500, and was uninsured. She was wrecked at Milwaukee last May and three lives lost, but was repaired and again set afloat. - Chicago Report.
      Marine Record
      Oct. 18, 1883
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      Not Yet removed.
An attempt has been made to remove the wreck of the PETREL by blowing up, but it was only partly successful. It will not be an easy matter to remove it. In the daytime it shows enough to warn coming vessels, and in the night a light is shown from the dock. The grumblers yet go along the docks, but they give less chin music than formerly and sensible people are concluding that probably Captain Groh and his men, of the Life-saving Station, are the right men in the right place after all. George Burnham & Son, owners of the lost PETREL and her cargo, are decidely of that opinion. The supply of clothing sent out here by the Woman's Relief Association for the relief of wrecked seamen, came in to good advantage to the poor fellows of the wrecked vessel, who lost all their clothing. - - Sheboygan Times.
      J.W. hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, October, 1883

PETREL Schooner, ashore October 17,1883. app.Value $2,000. app. loss $2,000.
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

PETREL Schooner, of 151 Tons, and 36 years of age. Valued at $2,000. Became a total loss on Lake Michigan during 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

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      Dynamiters blew up the schr. PETREL which sunk in Sheboygan Harbor last fall and has since been an obstruction to navigation.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 28, 1884 3 - 5

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

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,500
Freight: wood
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.75083 Longitude: -87.71453
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Petrel (Schooner), U19673, sunk, 17 Oct 1883