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Blue Bell (Schooner), U2933, struck pier, 4 Sep 1887

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The Schooner BLUE BELL, bound for Milwaukee, waterlogged in the lake and tried to make the harbor at Sheboygan Sunday morning. She struck the pier and went to pieces. The crew escaped.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, September 5, 1887

BLUE BELL Barge of 122 tons. Built 1867 and classed OO, Home port, Manitowoc. On September 4, 1887 vessel became a total loss by collision on Lake Michigan, with a cargo of cedar. property loss, hull $1,500 cargo $2,000
      1887 Casualty List (total loss)
      Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4

Sheboygan.---The schooner BLUE BELL of Milwaukee went to pieces at the entrance of the harbor at 3 o'clock Sunday morning. She was loaded with cedar posts, and while coming up the lake sprung a leak and waterlogged. An effort was made to run her into this port, but she struck the pier and went to pieces. The vessel and cargo are a total loss, and neither is insured. The BLUE BELL was built in 1869, and measured 122 tons. The crew, Martin Erikson, captain; George Hanson, mate and Thaul Thorstenson, sailor, were saved. The scow which is over thirty years old, was loaded with 7,500 select cedar posts at Welt's bay, on the Green Bay peninsula, and was bound for Milwaukee. The owners are George Rinerson, Martin Erikson, and george Hanson, of Milwaukee. The vessel's value was $2,400: insured. The cargo was saved by the life saving crew.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs, Sept. 8, 1887

BLUE BELL Schooner. Official U. S. Number 2933. of 122.34 Gross Ton. 116.25 Net tons. Built 1869 at Huron, Mich. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 83 x 25 x 7
      Merchant Vessels List of the U. S. A. 1886

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Reason: struck pier
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,500
Cargo: $2,000
Freight: cedar timber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.75083 Longitude: -87.71453
William R. McNeil
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Blue Bell (Schooner), U2933, struck pier, 4 Sep 1887