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George Sherman (Schooner), U10218, aground, 23 Oct 1887

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Schooner GEORGE SHERMAN, of 307 Tons. Built 1862 and owned by Benham. Home port, Cleveland. Class B 1. On October 23, 1887, vessel with a cargo of coal, went ashore on Lake Superior, and became a total loss. Property loss, hull $6,500; cargo $3,000.
      1887 Casualty List (Total Loss)
      Marine Record
      December 15, 1887 p.4

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Marquette: - The schooners GEORGE SHERMAN and ALVA BRADLEY were wrecked near here. The crew of the SHERMAN escaped, and the crew of the BRADLEY are thought to be wandering around in the woods. The LAWRENCE is also thought to be lost.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, October 24, 1887

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      Marquette. - A terrible storm set in at daylight on the 22nd. The wind blew from the northeast and north with a velocity of forty five miles an hour all day. A blinding snow storm raged, making the gale doubly dangerous for vessels.
      Two disasters are known and more are feared. The captain and crew of the schooner GEORGE SHERMAN have just come into the city and report the SHERMAN a total loss on Shot Point, about ten miles from Marquette, with no lives lost.
The ALVA BRADLEY struck at about the same place a little before the SHERMAN and Captain Gifford thinks her crew also escaped. The SHERMAN left the Sault at 7 o'clock Saturday morning and was struck by the storm this side of White Fish Point. She was in company with the BRADLEY until Sunday afternoon, when the vessels seperated, and soon the captain of the SHERMAN found that in the thick snow storm she had got close to the shore. He attempted to come about to clear Shot Point, but was driven onto the beach. Realizing that the schooner was loss the crew took the yawl. While going ashore the mainmast fell across the boat, without injuring any one. When shore was reached, the captain was dashed against the rocks and badly bruised. He was pulled ashore by the others. All were saved. Their names are : N. Gifford, Captain; George Burtis, first mate; Ed. Lamson; Frank Hardy; Dan West; Dan Searles, seamen; Mrs. Kittie Cole, cook. They reached shore at 3:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, and kept wandering around in the woods until 6 o'clock in a blinding snow storm, almost dead from exhaustion and dragging the woman on a litter. Finally they struck the railroad track, and flagged an ore train bound for Marquette. The SHERMAN was loaded with coal for Pickands & Co. of Marquette. She has gone to pieces and the coal is washing ashore. The SHERMAN, 307 tons, was built in Cleveland by Quayle & Martin in 1862 and was owned by Benham and others of Cleveland. Valued at $6,500 and classed B 1.
      The Marine Record
      Thursday, October 27, 1887 p.5

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Schooner GEORGE SHERMAN. U. S. No. 10218. Of 323.28 tons gross; 307.2 tons net Built Cleveland, O., 1862. Home port, Cleveland. O. 139.8 x 26.2 x 11.6.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $6,500
Cargo: $3,00
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.54354 Longitude: -87.39542
William R. McNeil
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George Sherman (Schooner), U10218, aground, 23 Oct 1887