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Wabash (Schooner), U80402, aground, 17 Nov 1883

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      [Special Telegram to the Inter Ocean]
Marquette, Mich., Nov. 18. -- The captain of the schooner WABASH arrived here today, and reports his schooner to be ashore on a sand reef near Pictured Rocks. She went ashore Thursday about 2 o'clock p. m. during a heavy northeast gale, accompanied by snow. She has broken in two since she went ashore, once forward and once aft of the mainmast. Her cabin is washed entirely away. The crew had a narrow excape from drowning. They finally made a raft and reached shore, and were afterwards picked up by a small boat sent from the tug SAMSON. The WABASH is insured, but in what companies and for what amount cannot be learned. The WABASH, together with the schooners C.G. KING and C.H. JOHNSON, were in the tow of the tug SAMSON, from Cleveland to Marquette, coal laden.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

Schooner WABASH, aground at Pictured Rocks; total loss; owned by Murphy, Henderson & Palmer, of Cleveland. Valued at $12,000; insured for $8,000.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, November 21, 1883

The tug SAMSON, with the schooners C.H. JOHNSON and C.G. KING arrived here on Sunday. They left the schooner WABASH on the beach near Pictured Rocks, having gone on Thursday afternoon. She will probably prove a total wreck. The entire crew was rescued by the Tug SAMSON on Friday. They were almost exhausted by exposure, as they had no shelter the cabin being washed away. The WABASH is owned by Messrs. E.H. Benham, Thomas Murphy and others of Cleveland, is ten years old, registered 315 tons, rates A 2 and is valued at $10,000. Insured in the Mechanic's & Traders of New York for $6,000.
Captain Rumage of the SAMSON died shortly after reaching port, of heart disease. Flags on all shipping in the harbor are at half mast. - Marquette Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 22, 1883

WABASH Schooner of 315 Tons, and 10 years of age. Valued at $12,000. Became a total loss on Lake Superior during 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

WABASH Schooner, ashore November 17,1883. App. value $17,000. app. loss $17,000.
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

Schooner WABASH. U. S. No. 80402. Of 315.44 tons gross; 299.67 tons net. Built Toledo, O., 1873. Home port, Cleveland, O.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.53328 Longitude: -86.48822
William R. McNeil
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Wabash (Schooner), U80402, aground, 17 Nov 1883