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Thomas Parsons (Schooner), U24666, aground, 11 Jul 1887

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Cross Village.---The crew of the schooner THOMAS PARSONS had a rough experience on Lake Michigan Tuesday. The vessel left Escanaba in tow of the steamer NASHUA, bound for Cleveland with a cargo of ore. Soon after passing through Death's Door she sprung a leak, but for a while her own pumps kept pace with the flow. All night the crew stood to the pumps, and when morning came the leak suddenly increased. She filled rapidly, and was fast sinking when Beaver Island was sighted. To keep her from going to the bottom she was run ashore on the island, where she now lies with her deck under water. A wrecking expedition has been sent for.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. July 14, 1887 p.5

Schooner THOMAS PARSONS, of 332 tons. Built 1868 and owned by Mullins. Home port, Buffalo. Classed as B 1. On July 12, 1887, vessel with a cargo of ore went ashore on Lake Michigan. Property loss, hull $1,800
      1887 Casualty List (Partial Loss)
      The Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887

Schooner THOMAS PARSONS. U. S. No. 14666. Of 350.00 gross tons; 332.50 tons net. Built Charlotte, N.Y., 1868. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 135.0 x 26.0 x 13.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,800
Freight: ore
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.66472 Longitude: -85.55731
William R. McNeil
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Thomas Parsons (Schooner), U24666, aground, 11 Jul 1887