The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lady Macdonald (Schooner), C71278, leak, 23 Aug 1887

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Grand Haven.---Master of the schooner LADY MACDONALD, of Port Burwell, Canada, which on the 23rd. inst,sprung a leak off Saugatuck during a heavy gale while bound down, with a cargo of 19,000 bushels of wheat, has addressed a lengthy letter to the district superintendent of the life saving service at this port for transmission to the general department at Washington, wherein he expresses his heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the life saving crew, stationed at Holland, Mich. After giving a detailed account of the hardships experienced by the crew and himself he concludes as follows: "Too much praise can not be bestowed upon that crew for the services rendered us. They pulled dead to leeward a distance of seven miles, during a heavy gale and high sea in one hour's time, and I am satisfied their timely arrival saved my vessel and cargo, both of which, without their help, would have been lost, if not our lives with it." The ship's crew was worn out by forty-eight hours hard labor and loss of sleep, and it is estimated that about six feet of water was in the ship's hold, when the life crew arrived and relieved them.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 1, 1887 p.5

Schooner LADY MACDONALD of 333 tons, built 1873 and owned by Hargrave. Home port, Port Burwell. Class B 1. On August 23, 1887 vessel with a cargo of wheat, sprung a leak on Lake Michigan. Property loss, hull $1,000 cargo $3,000.
      1887 Casualty List (Partial Loss)
      The Marine record, Dec. 15, 1887

Schooner LADY MACDONALD. Official Canada No. 71278. Of 284 tons Reg. Built Port Burwell, Ont. 1875. Home port, Port Burwell, Ont. 137.5 x 23.7 x 12.6 Owned by Charles S. Wilson of Picton, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of
      the Dominion of Canada on Dec. 31 1886

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Reason: leak
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,000
Cargo: $3,000
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Repaired
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.65502 Longitude: -86.20198
William R. McNeil
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Lady Macdonald (Schooner), C71278, leak, 23 Aug 1887