The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
George D. Russell (Schooner), U85267, sunk by collision, 7 Sep 1882

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About 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon the steamer NORTHERNER ran into and sunk the schooner GEORGE D. RUSSELL in St. Mary's River near Little Lake George, causing the loss of two, perhaps three lives. The sunken vessel is a serious obstruction to navigation.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, September 8, 1882

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The circumstances of the Sault River disaster were these: The steambarge NORTHERNER, bound up, collided in the Sault River with the schooner G.D. RUSSELL, in tow of the tug GOODNOW, bound down. The accident occurred a little below Little Lake George. The RUSSELL, which was loaded with iron ore, sank immediately in about seven fathoms of water. The NORTHERNER was not seriously damaged. There was a report that three of the crew of the RUSSELL were drowned. The RUSSELL measures 630 tons. She is owned by J.H. Palmer and others of Cleveland, rated 2, and was valued at about $25,000. Hull and cargo are insured. The wreck is an obstruction to navigation where she lies.
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes marine Scrapbook, September, 1882

Detroit, Oct. 14. -- S.A. MURPHY has taken a contract for raising the schooner RUSSELL and her cargo from the bottom of the Sault River. he tug GLADIATOR, with two divers, steam hoisters, tackle, and all necessary appliances for raising the cargo will leave today for the Sault, towing the schooner HARRY BISSELL, which will be used as a lighter. When Capt. Merriman get through with the schooner E.K. SIMS the pontoons will be taken up to raise the schooner with. This is one of the most difficult wrecking jobs ever undertaken on these waters. The schooner lies in 42 feet of water, and the divers work is very difficult. The schooner has a large hole in her bow.
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes marine Scrapbook, No. 2, October, 1882

The work of removing the cargo of the schooner RUSSELL, sunk in the Sault Ste. Marie River, has been suspended for the season. It will be resumed next spring.
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes marine Scrapbook, No. 2, November, 1882

      TOTAL LOSSES, 1882
      [Inter Ocean Casualty List]
Sept. 8. Schooner RUSSELL, by a collision with the propeller NORTHERNER. Three of the crew lost.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, December, 1882

The tug HOARD arrived Sunday night with the wreck of the R.G. RUSSELL that was sunk in collision with the propeller NORTHERN several years ago in the Sault River.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, November 18, 1889
Schooner GEORGE D. RUSSELL. U. S. No. 85267. Of 658.22 gross tons. Built Toledo, O., 1870. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884
Schooner CHECOTAH.* U.S. Number 85267. Of 658.22 gross tons; 597.83 tons net. Built 1870 at Toledo, Ohio. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 198.7 x 34.1 x 12.4
* formerly schooner GEORGE D. RUSSELL.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1890

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 3
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Raised
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.45002 Longitude: -84.13336
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George D. Russell (Schooner), U85267, sunk by collision, 7 Sep 1882