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Clara Parker (Schooner), U4357, aground, 13 Nov 1883

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Grand Haven, Mich., Nov. 13. -- The schooner CLARA PARKER, owned by John Lindgren, of Chicago, loaded with grain for Collingwood, left Chicago Saurday afternoon. She sprung a leak on Sunday morning off Sheboygan, and with great difficulty kept afloat until Monday night, when, seeing she was sinking, Captain Lewis ran her on the beach, ten miles south of here. At 5 o'clock this morning she was discovered [at daylight] by boys looking for wreckage. Word was telegraphed to the Grand Haven Life-saving Station, and the life-saving apparatus was carried there by teams, reaching the place at 11 a. m. The second shot fied from the mortar landed a line into the rigging and at 2 p. m. the last man of the crew of nine men was landed by the breeches buoy. The entire body of the vessel was submerged and the men were in the rigging. A tremendous sea was running, and if not taken off they would undoubtedly have perished. The vessel and cargo are total losses. - - Inter Ocean.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

The schooner CLARA PARKER, on the beach ten miles south of Grand Haven, will undoubtedly be a total wreck. - Milwaukee Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 15, 1883

The schooner ashore south of here is not the ARAB, but the three master, CLARA PARKER, Captain A.Lewis, which left Chicago Saturday night, corn laden for Collingwood, Ont. At Big Point Sable Sunday she was struck by a squall and materially disabled and much of her canvas had been carried away since then. She fought the seas against heavy odds, and after spring a leak was beached at Pigeon River at 4:30 p.m. She is owned at Evanston, Ill.,by Johanna Lindbren, and valued at $18,000. No insurance. She had on board 29,500 bushels of corn; insured for $6,000. The crew were rescued by the Grand Haven Life Saving Crew. - Grand Haven Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 15, 1883

CLARA PARKER Schooner, of 403 Tons, and 16 years of age. Valued at $14,000. Became a total loss on Lake Michigan during 1883
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

CLARA PARKER Schooner, November 13,1883, app. value $34,000 ? app. loss $34,000 ?
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

Schooner CLARA PARKER, at Pigeon River; Total loss; owned by Johana Lindgren of Evaston; valued at $16,000; vessel and cargo insured for $31,000.
      Casualty List for 1883
      Cleveland Herald
      November 21, 1883

Schooner CLARA PARKER.* U. S. No. 4357. Of 424.97 tons gross; 403.73 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1865. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      * Denotes vessel Lost, Wrecked, or otherwise out of service.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $18,000
Cargo: $6,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.06307 Longitude: -86.22839
William R. McNeil
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Clara Parker (Schooner), U4357, aground, 13 Nov 1883