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Myosotis (Schooner), aground, 10 Nov 1887

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Schooner MYOSOTIS, of 317 Tons. Built 1874. Owned by Leed. Home port, Kenosha Class A 2 and a half. On November 10, schooner, with a cargo of ore, went ashore on Lake Michigan, and became a total loss. Property loss, hull $8,000 cargo $2,600
      1887 Casualty List (Total loss)
      Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4

Chicago.---The schooner MYOSOTIS, which went ashore at St. Joseph Friday after striking on a bar, has been abandoned as a total loss and is being stripped.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 17, 1887 p.1

Chicago.---Captain A.P. Read, owner of the schooner MYOSOTIS received a telegram from Captain John Mahoney, the master, reporting the loss of his vessel at St. Joseph. The MYOSOTIS left Escanaba last Thursday with 600 tons of ore. Encountering adverse winds, she ran to Chicago for shelter, leaving here last night. A brisk northerly wind was blowing, and while the vessel was trying to make the harbor at St. Joseph she ran on the sand bar that obstructs the entrance to the river there. Three times the seas lifted her and let her drop on the bar. The last time her back was broken. Then a sea swept her quarter and shoved her over the bar into deep water. A few minutes later she was driven on the beach, about 30 rods south of the pier, where she now lies a total loss, with her cargo washing out of her. Captain C.E. Benham, of Cleveland, who was here looking after the insurance on the steamer VERNON, left for the wreck Tuesday night in the interest of the underwriters. This is the fourth vessel Captain Read has had wrecked within a month. During a severe storm in October the HAVANA sunk a few rods from where the MYOSOTIS now lies, and a few miles further north the CITY OF GREEN BAY went to pieces; while the D.S. AUSTIN was damaged to the extent of $12,000 by running ashore in Lake Huron. All three of these wrecks happened in one day. Captain Read has had almost the entire savings of a lifetime swept away, as he had a limited amount of insurance on any of his vessels. The MYOSOTIS, 317 tons, was built at Milwaukee in 1874 and was valued at $8,000. She was insured for $2,400 in the Merchantile, of Cleveland, and $2,400 in the Detroit Fire & Marine. Her cargo was consigned to Pickands & Brown, and was fully insured in the Boston Marine.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 17, 1887 p.

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $8,000
Cargo: $2,600
Freight: ore
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.10976 Longitude: -86.48002
William R. McNeil
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Myosotis (Schooner), aground, 10 Nov 1887