The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Maine (Schooner), aground, 23 Oct 1887

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MILWAUKEE:--The Schooner MAINE, at 4 o'clock Sunday morning, was wrecked here and is a total loss. She struck 150 feet off shore. The six crewmen were rescued.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, October 24, 1887

MAINE Schooner, of 144 Tons. Built 1852. Home port, Chicago. Owned by Swanson. Class B 2. On October 23, 1887, vessel with a cargo of cedar, went ashore on Lake Michigan, and became a total loss. Property loss, hull $1,500 cargo $2,000
      1887 Casualty List (Total Loss)
      Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4

Milwaukee.---Sunday night the wind blew a fierce gale from the southeast and continued all day, the wind veering to the west and blowing forty miles an hour. At 4 o'clock Sunday morning the schooner MAINE, of Chicago, parted her towline and went on the beach here. For half an hour her crew of six men clung to the rigging until taken off by the life-saving crew in their surf boat. The vessel is a total loss, but part of her cargo of ties may be saved. She is owned by Captain Christopherson, her master, and others, of Chicago. She was built at Black River by Linn in 1852
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 27, 1887 p.4

Chicago.---The schooner MAINE, which went ashore north of Milwaukee pier on the 23rd. of October, has gone to pieces. Captain Simon Christopher saved some of her gear, which was attached by the crew for their wages and the value of their lost wearing apparel. The owners of the MAINE offered to pay the men their wages, but some firm of lawyers at Milwaukee had paid the men $5 each and advised them to fight the case. The gear was left for the lawyers and men to share between them, as the owners of the MAINE did not wish to throw away good money in law expenses.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 3, 1887 p.1

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,500
Cargo: $2,000
Freight: cedar
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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Maine (Schooner), aground, 23 Oct 1887