The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
J. A. Smith (Schooner), aground, 7 Sep 1887

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Schooner J.A. SMITH, of 243 tons. Home port, Detroit. Owned by A. A. T. Co. and built 1871, Class B 2. On September 7, 1887 vessel with a cargo of cedar went ashore in the Straits, and became a total loss. Property loss, hull $3,000 cargo $2,500
      1887 Casualty List (Total Loss)
      Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4

Mackinac City.---The owners of the cedar on the wrecked barges SMITH and ANGLO SAXON have an agent here who will endeavor to save the remainderof the cargoes. The decks loads were taken ashore, but the holds are full.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 22, 1887 p.5

Cheboygan.---The steambarge MATTAWAN returned Tuesday the 13th. having abandoned her barges ANGLO SAXON and SMITH, stranded at Waugoschance as total loss. Two steampumps on each failed to lower the water, and both are badly hogged. While adjusting the steam pump on the barge SMITH as she lay on her side, the pump slipped from it's position and was thrown violently against the lee rail, crushing Captain Ulysses Surles to death. Captain J.W. Surles, of the steambarge MATTAWAN, brother of deceased, takes the remains to Detroit.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 22, 1887

Cheboygan.---The barges ANGLO SAXON and SMITH, of the MATTAWAN's tow, recently stranded in the Straits with their cargoes of cedar, are fast breaking up. The anchors, chains, canvas, and rigging were saved and a contract has been let to save the remainder of the cedar cargoes which is in their holds.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 29, 1887 p1

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $3,000
Cargo: $2,500
Freight: cedar timber
Remarks: Total loss
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William R. McNeil
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J. A. Smith (Schooner), aground, 7 Sep 1887