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J. H. Rutter (Schooner), U75504, aground, 28 Oct 1883

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Cheboygan, Mich., Oct. 29. -- The barge RUTTER in tow of the steambarge FARWELL, coal laden, broke her tow-line on nearing Detour in the heavy southeast gale last night, and went ashore and sank decks to. She will prove a total loss. The wind blows hard from the east. --- Inter Ocean.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, October, 1883.

A dispatch from Cheboygan from captain Kirtland, received here yesterday, stated that the wrecking tug LEVIATHAN had gone to the barge RUTTER, coal-laden, ashore and full of water at Detour. The RUTTER is owned by T. Adams and others, of Detroit, and is probably insured. She measures 1,224 tons, rates A 2, and is valued at $35,000. She was built at Marine City in 11873, and given a thorough rebuild at this port four years ago, being wrecked at Ludington, Oct. 31, 1878. After being abandoned she was released by the LEVIATHAN and brought to this port and given a $10,000 rebuild. The wrecking bill amounted to $4,000. -- Milwaukee Sentinel.
A Detroit Dispatch says: "The tug WINSLOW left today with four steam pumps to release the barge RUTTER. Her condition is unknown, but the owners expect she is uninjured and easily repaired."
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, October, 1883

      The Tug WINSLOW with a force of men and pumps, has gone to the relief of the steambarge RUTTER, ashore at the Detour. The RUTTER has been unfortunate since she has been in commision. In October 1878, during a severe storm on Lake Michigan, she was wrecked with 46,000 bushels of corn on board, all of which was damaged and the greater part of a total loss. This occurred near Ludington. The entire loss on hull and cargo in this instance, was not far from $50,000. She was built in 1873, is 1,224 tons burden, and has a valuation of $40,000. Her owners are J.H. Farewell & Co., of Detroit. - Detroit Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 1, 1883

The Barge RUTTER under consort of steambarge FARWELL, coal laden, is also reported ashore near Detour. She sank to the decks and will prove a total wreck if the wind blows hard from the east.- Cheboygan Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 1, 1883

      November 13. -- The barge RUTTER which has been ashore over two weeks at Detour, was pumped out on Saturday and taken to Detour Dock, where a diver will patch her up and she will be towed to Port Huron.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

Schooner J.H. RUTTER. U. S. No. 75504. Of 1,224.36 Tons Gross; 1180.25 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich., 1873. Home port, Detroit. 212.1 x 35.9 x 14.0
      Merchant Vessel List of the U. S. A. for 1885

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Reason: aground
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Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.98224 Longitude: -83.88612
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J. H. Rutter (Schooner), U75504, aground, 28 Oct 1883