The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Senator (Schooner), aground, 29 May 1887

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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 SENATOR of 316 tons, built 1863 and owned by Candler. Home port, Detroit. Class A 2. On May 29, 1887 vessel with a cargo of coal was sunk on Lake Huron. Property loss, hull $15,000. Vessel raised.
      1887 Casualty List (partial loss)
      Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $15,000
Freight: coal
Remarks: Raised
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.99446 Longitude: -83.90278
William R. McNeil
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Senator (Schooner), aground, 29 May 1887