The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
W. H. Hawkins (Schooner), sunk, 1 Sep 1887

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Chicago.---The crew of the schooner W.H. HAWKINS arrived here by rail, having left the vessel full of water at South Haven. Friday afternoon the HAWKINS left Muskegon for Michigan City with a cargo of lumber. The sea was running high, and the vessel received such a severe straining that her seams opened and she filled with water. her pumps had no perceptible effect on the inflow. At midnight she sunk decks to, with her bows buired in the sea, and her stern elevated so that her rudder was half above water. All hands were set to work throwing off the deck load. They had hardly begun when the vessel turned over on her beam ends, and the deck load slid over the rail. This enabled the vessel to right herself and brought her bows up, but her cabin filled with water and the crew had to climb into the rigging. Saturday morning just as the crew were ready to go on shore in the yawl, the life saving crew at South Haven came to their assistance with a tug, and the vessel was towed into South Haven. Captain Nelson sent here for a tug and steam pump, but no Chicago tug can be spared.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 15, 1887 p. 1

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Raised
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.40309 Longitude: -86.27364
William R. McNeil
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W. H. Hawkins (Schooner), sunk, 1 Sep 1887