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Dolphin (Schooner), sunk, 24 Oct 1887

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Schooner DOLPHIN, of 139 Tons, built 1855. Home port, East Saginaw. Owned by Jenessen. Class OO. On October 24, 1887 Vessel with a cargo of lumber, foundered on Lake Huron, 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

      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
      Tuesday, October 25, 1887

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, as inquiries as to the fate of these vessels were sent out Monday. The crew of the DOLPHIN is thought to be lost. The body of a woman twenty five years old, supposed to have been swept from some vessel during the gale of October 4th., was found on the shore near here.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 27, 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. Tuesday morning shortly 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 them 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 was 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

Bay City.---It is now over two weeks since the barge DOLPHIN went down, and not a single piece of wreck to mark her last resting place has been found. The families of the crew are most of them left in destitute circumstances. A subscription paper is being circulated for the relief of Captain Gerrett Johnson's wife, and no doubt a handsome sum will be realized for that purpose.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 10, 1887 p.5

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 6
Hull damage: $1,500
Cargo: $2,000
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.640833 Longitude: -81.768055
William R. McNeil
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Dolphin (Schooner), sunk, 24 Oct 1887