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G. D. Norris (Schooner), aground, 24 Oct 1887

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The schooners DOLPHIN and NORRIS were lost about 50 miles out in the lake from here. The crew of the MORRIS was rescued.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, October 25, 1887

Schooner NORRIS, of 251 Tons. Built 1856. Home port, Saginaw. Owner, Mitchell. Class B 2. On October 24, 1887, the vessel with a cargo of lumber, went ashore on Lake Huron and became a total loss. property loss, hull $1,800 cargo $4,500
      1887 Casualty List (Total Loss)
      Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4


Port Huron.---The steambarge OSWEGATCHIE, of this city, arrived down Monday morning. She left Bay City Saturday night. The tow line was broken and the two barges lost. Thusday morning, shorthly after the arrival of the OSWEGATCHIE, the schooner BRECK sailed in, having on board Captain Sheehan and five sailors of the barge NORRIS. Captain Sheehan states that the two barges drifted around the lake several hours after breaking away from the steambarge, when the line holding the NORRIS and DOLPHIN together parted. Several sailors on the NORRIS declare that the DOLPHIN, after parting from the NORRIS turned over and sank, taking the entire crew with her. The NORRIS afterwards waterlogged and at 5 o'clock Monday night and was just about to break in two when the schooner BRECK rescued the crew with great risk. The DOLPHIN commanded by Captain G.Johnson, of East Saginaw, and had a crew of six men, all of the same place.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 27, 1887 p.5

Goderich.---Two wrecks drifted ashore here Tuesday, one was the scow LADY ELGIN, of Sand Beach, and the other a lumber barge, supposed to be the NORRIS or the DOLPHIN. (part)
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 27, 1887 p.4

      October 25, 1887. - Sighted flag of distress ten miles off; blowing a moderate gale. Proceeded to the place and on arrival found an abandoned vessel, with cargoof lumber, which proved to be the American schooner NORRIS. Stayed by vessel all night, and brought her to port next day with most of the cargo saved.
      (part of Goderich Life Saving Report)
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 24, 1887 p.4

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,800
Cargo: $4,500
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.75008 Longitude: -81.71648
William R. McNeil
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G. D. Norris (Schooner), aground, 24 Oct 1887