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Blazing Star (Schooner), U2868, aground, 11 Nov 1887

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The crew of the schooner BLAZING STAR arrived in Chicago yesterday and reported their vessel on Fisherman's Shoal, Georgian Bay [sic] and pounding to pieces.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      November 15, 1887

Schooner BLAZING STAR, of 265 Tons. Built 1873. Home port, Chicago. Owned by Comerford. Class A 2. On November 11, 1887 schooner, with a cargo of lumber, went ashore on Lake Michigan, and became a total loss. Property loss, hull $8,000 cargo $5,000.
      1887 Casualty List (Total loss)
      Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4

Chicago.---The crew of the schooner BLAZING STAR arrived in Chicago Monday and reported that vessel on Fisherman Shoal in Georgian Bay (error, should be Green Bay) and pounding to pieces. She is insured in the Buffalo hull pool for $6,600. All hands were set to work throwing the cargo overboard. They got off the deck load and part of the cargo in the hold, but the more the vessel was lightered the further upon the rocks the sea would drive her. Captain Comerford became satisfied that the vessel could not be released and abandoned her. All hands getting into the yawl and rowing over to Plum Island. After staying there awhile they pulled to Pilot Island, where they were picked up by a steambarge and brought to Chicago, Captain Comerford alone remaining on the island to see that no one stole the outfit of the vessel. When the crew got here they went to the shipping office and reported the wreck, the shipping master telephoning the news to the insurance agents. That was the first information received here that the vessel was in trouble. Captain Comerford bought the schooner last spring for $8,000. She is 265 tons and was built at Manitowoc by Richards in 1873, classed A 2 and valued at $6,000
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 17, 1887 p.5

Chicago.---Captain Comerford, master and owner of the wrecked schooner BLAZING STAR, arrived here Monday and noted a protest. Tugs have been unable to reach the vessel on account of heavy seas.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 24, 1887 p.1

BLAZING STAR Schooner. Official U. S. No. 2868. of 279.17 Gross Tons. 265,21 Tons Net. 137 x 26 x 10 Built Manitowoc, Wis. 1873. Home port, Oswego.
      Merchant Vessel List of the U. S., 1886

Schooner BLAZING STAR. Of 265 tons. Built Manitowoc by J. Richards in 1873. Owned by Cummings. Home port, Oswego. Value $8,000 Class A 2. Bottom calked 1884. REMARKS:- Underwriters repairs 1884
      Inland Lloyds
      Vessel Register, 1887

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $8,000
Cargo: $5,000
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 45.36443 Longitude: -86.77984
William R. McNeil
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Blazing Star (Schooner), U2868, aground, 11 Nov 1887