The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John Bigler (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1883

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Advices from Harbor Springs state that the schooner JOHN BIGLER, of Chicago, is ashore there, but in a condition to be easily released. Her master, Captain John Deegan, has sent to Cheboygan for a steam pump and tug, and as soon as they arrrive there will be no difficulty experienced in releasing the vessel. The BIGLER is owned by George F.Finney, of Chicago, and is insured in the "Big Four" companies. She measures 351 tons and is valued at $8,500 - Cleveland Report.
      Marine Record
      Dec. 6, 1883

The Tug CHICAGO went from this port last Thursday to Harbor Springs, to release the schooner BIGLER, ashore there. - Chicago Report.
      Marine Record
      Dec. 6, 1883

The Schooner JOHN BIGLER, Captain John Deegan, arrived here on the 7th. inst., in tow of the Tug CHICAGO. The BIGLER left Buffalo, coal laden for this port on November 19th. On the 25th, when off Cathead Point, Lake Michigan, she had her head sails carried away in a heavy gale and sprung a leak. The Captain made for Little Traverse, and having got part of the way into the bay he let go her anchors, but they would not hold, and the schooner dragged ashore and remained there two days, when the wind began to blow off the land and the small anchor was got out astern and she was pulled off. Sail was again made and she stood up for the bay, and the anchors were let go at the head of the bay. The tug CHICAGO which had gone to her assistance from this port, then went to her and towed her into the bay where she stayed two days in consequence of heavy weather, and started for Chicago on the 4th. - Chicago Report.
      Marine Record
      Dec. 13, 1883

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.43168 Longitude: -84.992
William R. McNeil
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John Bigler (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1883