Cheboygan.---S.B. Grummond's wrecking tug LEVIATHAN has gone to release the schooners WATSON and SENATOR, ashore and full of water at the entrance to the St. Mary's River. The two latter boats with the schooner RED, WHITE and BLUE were towing with the propeller VERNON, destined for Port Arthur, with coal. When near Detour the WASTON's tow line parted and she went broadside on the ledge of rocks. The SENATOR, the last vessel in the tow, struck the WATSON's stern, cutting her down to the waters edge. Both vessels filled and settled to the decks in water. The wind was blowing from the Southeast at the rate of thirty five miles per hour at the time and a heavy sea was running, making it impossible for a tug to reach them, as the sea made a complete breach over the wrecks. A big sea may break up the WATSON completely as she is already in bad shape. The SENATOR may be released if the weather moderates enough to allow the LEVIATHAN to work at her. The parting of the WATSON's tow line at a critical moment is the cause of all the trouble.
The Marine Record
Thurs. June 2, 1887 p.5
Schooner S.V.R. WATSON of 491 tons, built 1862 and owned by Cramer. Home port, Buffalo. Class A 2. On May 29, 1887 vessel with a cargo of coal was sunk on Lake Huron. Property loss, hull $18,000. Vessel raised.
1887 Casualty List (partial loss)
Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887
Detroit.---The schooner S.V.R. WATSON is still in Clark's dry dock but her repairs will be completed in about a week. She is getting steel arches, new keel and keelson, some new planks in bottom where they were needed, and thorough overhauling and recalked from keel up. The surveyors have placed the damages in repairs at $10,540 beside the expense of getting her off the beach, which amounts to $5,000. Contrary to reports her tow line was in good condition, as testified to by the surveyors.
The Marine Record
Thurs. July 7, 1887 p. 5
Bark S.V.R. WATSON. U. S. No. 22284. Of 515,80 tons. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871