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Polynesia (Schooner), U150347, sunk, 23 Oct 1887

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The Schooner POLYNESIA foundered in Lake Michigan Monday when about 20 miles East of Sheboygan. The crew is safe.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, October 26, 1887

Schooner POLYNESIA, of 940 Tons. Built 1885. Home port, Cleveland. Owned by Corrigan. Class A 1. On October 23, 1887, vessel with a cargo of coal, foundered in lake Michigan, and became a total loss. Property loss, hull $50,000 cargo $8,00
      1887 Casualty List (Total Loss)
      Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4

Cleveland.---A private dispatch was received by Mr. James Corrigan, part owner of the schooner POLYNESIA, at a late hour Tuesday morning, saying that the vessel had gone down on Lake Michigan early Monday morning. The Captain and all hands escaped in a yawl. The POLYNESIA is valued at $60,000 and is insured for $40,000. She is owned by Messrs. James Corrigan and John Huntington, of this city. Captain Corrigan has gone to Chicago to get further details of the loss of the POLYNESIA.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 27, 1887 p.1

Chicago.---The propeller RALEIGH arrived here Monday with the rescued crew of the schooner POLYNESIA. The POLYNESIA foundered at daylight on Monday morning, about twenty miles off Cheboygan, Mich. The crew was saved, and from the dispatches received from Captains A.H. Reed and J.W. Kerr, of the two boats, it would appear that the RALEIGH picked up the POLYNESIA's crew after the latter had foundered. Captain Kerr says in his dispatch that the POLYNESIA's crew had no time to save anything. The RALEIGH lost her mainmast head and mizzen topmast, and is in a leaking condition. The POLYNESIA is insured. The POLYNESIA, 940 tons, was only two years old, having been built at West Bay City, by Davidson in 1885. She was owned by Messrs Corrigan and Huntington, of Cleveland, classed A 1 and valued at $50,000. Her cargo, 1890 tons of coal, was valued at $12,000, and full insured in the British American.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 27, 1887 p.

POLYNESIA is the name selected for the steel tow barge, which the Glabe Iron Works Co., is building for James Corrigan, of Cleveland. A vessel of the same name, owned by Mr. Corrigan was lost on Lake Michigan in 1887. She foundered with a cargo of coal in tow of the steamer RALEIGH. The crew was saved by men fron the RALEIGH.
      Milwaukee Wisconsin
      May 22, 1897

Schooner barge POLYNESIA. U. S, No. 150347. Of 980 tons gross. Built West Bay City, Mich., by James Davidson in 1885. 204.0 x 37.2 x 22.6
      Herman Runge Notes

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $50,000
Cargo: $8,000
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.75083 Longitude: -87.71453
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Polynesia (Schooner), U150347, sunk, 23 Oct 1887