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Guiding Star (Schooner), U85006, aground, 5 Nov 1883

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The schooner GUIDING STAR coal laden from Oswego for this port, went on the rocks below Fox Point, on the night of November 5th. She filled soon after going on. Her crew remained on board all night and suffered considerable hardship. Captain Griffin with two of his men, got ashore in the yawl. This morning when returning the yawl went to pieces after capsizing, but the two men in it were rescued. Captain Griffin came to this city, and procured the Tug WELCOME, which took the life-saving crew to the wreck. The five men remaining on the wreck were taken off by the life-saving crew, and brought here. Unless she goes to pieces an expedition will go to her as soon as the weather permits. She had on board 540 Tons of coal; her owner is W.J.Cummings, of Oswego. Both vessel and cargo are insured. - Milwaukee Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 8, 1883

Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 9. -- The wrecking expedition returned this morning from the wrecked schooner GUIDING STAR, and brought in about 100 tons of the vessel's cargo and part of her outfit. One steam pump failed to lower the water in the wreck but little, and the second pump could not be made to work, and they were removed. The vessel is out three feet both forward and aft, and is thought to be so badly damaged that Captain Griffin today abandoned her to the underwriters. The latter re-engaged the wrecking expedition, and tomorrow morning two tugs, two steam pumps, and two lighters will be sent to the wreck.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, Oct./Nov., 1883

GUIDING STAR of 324 Tons, and 14 years old. Valued at $14,000 a total loss on Lake Michigan in 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record. December 27, 1883

The schooner GUIDING STAR which stranded on Lake Michigan last fall, is still there and efforts to release her have been abandoned. She was built in Oswego in 1869 and was 324 tons.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, June 5, 1884
Schooner GUIDING STAR.* U. S. No. 85006. Of 324.03 tons gross, 307.83 tons net. Built Oswego, N.Y., 1869. Home port, Oswego, N.Y.
      * Donates vessel Lost, Wrecked, or otherwise out of service.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: aground
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Freight: coal
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.1714 Longitude: -87.88314
William R. McNeil
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Guiding Star (Schooner), U85006, aground, 5 Nov 1883