The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Homer (Schooner), aground, 4 May 1887

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Schooner HOMER, of 432 tons, built 1866 and owned by Halsted. Home port, Chicago. Class a 2. On May 4, 1887 vessel with a cargo of corn went ashore on Georgian Bay. She was got off with a property loss of hull $3,000 cargo $13,000.
      Casualty List for 1887 (Partial loss)
      The Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p. 4 & 5

The Schooner HOMER, sunk in Georgian Bay, with 35,000 bushels of corn, is insured in the hull pool. Her cargo is insured for $13,000 -- $6,000 in the Continental, and the rest in the Boston Marine and British American. Captain John Rice has gone to look after the cargo. Five thousand bushels have been taken out dry. The rest is wet. She will go to Detroit drydock for repairs.
      The Marine Record
      May 12, 1887 p.5

      The schr. HOMER was still on Hope Island reef near Midland yesterday afternoon, it is said that of her 35,000 bu. corn, only 4,000 bu. were saved dry. The HOMER is owned by Halsted estate of Chicago and is insured in the pool for $14,687. Capt. Keith went from Chicago to the wreck.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 6, 1887 1-10

      The schr. HOMER, which stranded and damaged her cargo of corn in Georgian Bay, arrived at Detroit Wednesday night, and was discharging at Walkerville, where the corn has been sold. She will be docked there.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 13, 1887 1-10

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $3,000
Cargo: $13,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.078611 Longitude: -80.303333
William R. McNeil
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Homer (Schooner), aground, 4 May 1887