The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 4 Dec, 1874

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WRECK OF THE SANDERSON. - Relative to the wreck of the Wm. Sanderson, the Chicago Inter-Ocean of the 3rd says: Empire dock is at the foot of Lake Michigan between Sleeping Bear and Point Betsey. There is a steep sandy bluff extending for miles and lake masters say it is one of the most dangerous localities on the whole chain of lakes. A Mr. George Aylesworth writes from Empire Dock to Mr. O. Schuennemann, of this city, under date of November 26th, that the wreck has been discovered there; that the boat is with the wreck, and that nothing is known of the crew. The writer says that the vessel is a total loss, having been broken up, and wants to be made custodian of the remains. As announced several days ago, the Sanderson left Chicago November 20th, bound for Oswego. Her cargo consisted of 20,000 bushels of No. 1 wheat shipped by D. W. Irwin & Co. and insured in the Pacific Mutual of New York. She was built at Oswego in 1853, but received repairs last winter, and rated B1. Her measurement was 331 tons, and she was owned in Detroit by Scott & Brown. Valued at $15,000, she was insured for about $12,000 in the Detroit Fire and Marine and other companies.

She was commanded by Capt. Brown, who, if he is lost, leaves a wife and three or four children, who reside in Detroit. It is thought the rest of the crew were mainly from Oswego. Their names cannot be learned.

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Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 4 Dec, 1874