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Mary Ann Hulbert (Schooner), sunk, 20 Dec 1883

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The schooner MARY ANN HULBERT went down during the severe gale last Wednesday on the north shore of Lake Superior near Duluth with 20 men aboard.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, December 18, 1883

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Ever since the announcement that the schooner MARY ANN HULBERT was actually seen to founder, taking down with her every one of the twenty men on board, doubts have been expressed in various letters and dispatches from lake Superior points as to the authenticity of the disaster. To settle all doubt, The Inter Ocean telegraphed yesterday to responsible gentlemen at Winnipeg and Port Arthur, asking them what was known of the matter. The following telegrams were received last night in response:
      Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dec. 20. -- The schooner MARY ANN HULBERT foundered and all on board were drowned. The tug could do nothing for them; indeed she had as much as she could do to take care of herself.
      Port Arthur, Manitoba, [sic] Dec. 20. -- The MARY ANN HULBERT sunk before she was cut loose from the tug KINCARDINE. Of the twenty men on board there is not a single survivor.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, December, 1883

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      A dispatch from Port Arthur on the 16th. says the schooner MARY ANN HULBERT, which was being towed to Michipicton by the steamer KINCARDINE, foundered off St. Ignace Island last night. The HULBERT carried a crew of five in addition to fifteen laborers, all of whom went down with the vessel. The KINCARDINE reports that a terrible storm came on them very suddenly. The steamer's officers held on to the vessel as long as they possibly could, but finally had to cut her loose to save themselves. A few moments after they parted the HULBERT was seen to give a terrible lurch and go down with all on board. Those on the steamer were unable to offer any assistance or attempt a rescue on account of the hurricane and heavy sea running at the time.
A tug which arrived from the north shore the 16th. brings positive intelligence that the worst fears of those who imagined the schooner MARY ANN HULBERT lost, have been confirmed. She went down during the severe gale of last Wednesday night with twenty men on board, all of whom are lost. Their names are not known. Most of them are railroad laborers. She was being towed by the Tug KINCARDINE, and during the storm sprung a leak and began to fill. Having a green crew who did not know how to manage her, she began drifting with the wind and turned the tug from its course, when the tug, to save itself, cut the tow line, and set the schooner adrift. She went down soon afterwards. The schooner was a small one, valued at about $3,000. The HULBERT was commanded by Captain Martin O'Malley, of Chicago, who had sailed her for many years. Captain O'Malley was well known to vessel men around the lakes, as he has been sailing upwards of twenty five years. For several seasons past he has engaged almost exclusively in the Lake Superior trade, sailing between Duluth, Bayfield, and Canadian ports, carrying lumber supplies, and grain. Captain O'Malley was about 45 years of age, and unmarried. He leaves a mother, two sisters and three brothers. The vessel was an old one, and had no rating on the Inland Lloyd's register. She was under 150 tons burden. - Duluth Report.
      Marine Record
      Dec. 20, 1883

The Schooner MARY A. HULBERT, lost on Lake Superior, was built at Sandusky in 1856, and was 82 tons burden.
      Marine Record
      Dec. 27, 1883

HULBERT, MARY A. of 82 Tons, and 27 years of age. Valued at $3,000. Became a total loss on Lake Superior during 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

HULBERT, MARY A. Schooner of 82 Tons, built Sandusky 1856 by D. Dibble. Owned by Hulbert & Kirtland. Home port, Mackinaw. Value $2,500. Class A 2.
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register, 1860

      Schooner MARY ANN HULBERT. U. S. No. 90618. Of 61.90 tons gross. Built Bayfield, Wis., 1873. Home port, Marquette, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

Schooner MARY E. HULBERT. Of 82 tons gross. Built at Sandusky, O., 1856, by D. Dibble. REMARKS:- sold to the U. S. Gov't in 1863.
      Herman Runge List

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Mary Ann Hulbert (Schooner), sunk, 20 Dec 1883