The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Venus (Schooner), sunk, 4 Oct 1887

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Schooner VENUS, of 221 Tons. Built 1872, Home port, Caseville. Owned by Stone, class A 2. On October 4, 1887 vessel with a cargo of stone, foundered in Lake Huron, becoming a total loss. Property loss, hull $7,000 cargo $4,000
      1887 Casualty List (Total Loss)
      Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4

Cleveland.---Marine insurance people think the vessel which went down off Thunder Bay was the schooner VENUS. But this is simply a guess.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 20, 1887 p.1

Milwaukee.---John Pritzlaff, the consignee of the cargo of grindstones on the schooner VENUS, supposed to have been lost with all hands, says the last advice he had was that the schooner left Grindstone City on October 2, for this port.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 20, 1887 p.1

Detroit.---It is now certain that the schooner VENUS, Captain James Thompson, was the schooner seen to founder in Thunder Bay some time ago and that all hands were lost. She had a cargo of grindstones, from Grindstone Island for Milwaukee. The VENUS, was insured for only a small amount, $1,100. The names of other officers and members of the crew are as follows: Peter Nelson, mate, John Nelson, brother of the mate, and Anton Blerk, before the mast. The name of the cook is unknown. Six persons in all were drowned.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 10, 1887 p.5

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 6
Hull damage: $7,000
Cargo: $4,000
Freight: stone
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.00001 Longitude: -83.39997
William R. McNeil
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Venus (Schooner), sunk, 4 Oct 1887