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Monitor (Schooner), U16432, aground, 15 Nov 1883

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The schooner wrecked on the North Manitou is the MONITOR, of Detroit. She is half full of water, with a list, and badly iced up. Her crew suffered much before being rescued by the ANDY JOHNSON.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

The schooner wrecked on the North Manitou proves to be the MONITOR, of Detroit, laden with five hundred tons of coal. After being badly iced up and losing her canvas, she was driven broadside on the point of the island. When discovered by the revenue cutter ANDY JOHNSON, she was one mass of ice, about half full of water and had a bad leak. Her crew of five men and one woman were nearly exhausted from exposure, and it was with difficulty that they were rescued by the JOHNSON. - Milwaukee Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 22, 1883

Captain James Harvey, of the wrecked schooner MONITOR, arrived here yesterday and is loud in his praise of the conduct of Captain Davis and the other officers of the revenue steamer ANDY JOHNSON. Captain Harvey states that the schooner ran on North Manitou on the evening of Nov. 15, and for fourteen hours the crew suffered from exposure to wind and water before being rescued by the JOHNSON. The crew were all wet, but were at once placed in confortable quarters and given dry clothing; in fact everything that could be done by the kindest attendants was done for them by their rescuers. The rescued crew were taken to Escanaba and the female cook, who was in destitute circumstances, was provided with clothing and a purse made up among the officers of the JOHNSON, and was taken to Milwaukee. The MONITOR is on a sandy bottom and full of water. her cabin windows have been smashed out and her starboard quarters has dropped some owing to the sand working out from under her. She can be released easily if the sea does not break her up. She is loaded with 575 tons of chestnut coal for Milwaukee.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

The tug KATE WILLIAMS, with the wrecking consort H.W. JOHNSON in tow is expected here from Lake Michigan tomorrow morning, when she will probably go into winter quarters. Her efforts to rescue the schooner MONITOR from the Manitou were unsuccessful, owing to adverse weather, and the ill-fated craft may be included among the total losses - Detroit Report.
      Marine Record
      Dec. 20, 1883

MONITOR Schooner, ashore Nov. 17, 1883. app. value $9,000 app. loss $9,000.
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

Schooner MONITOR. U. S. No. 16432. Of 314.0 tins gross, 3114.0 tons net. Built Conneaut, O., 1862. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $12,000
Cargo: $2,000
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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William R. McNeil
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Monitor (Schooner), U16432, aground, 15 Nov 1883