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Ebenezer (Schooner), U26168, aground, 3 Oct 1887

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The storm of the past two days has been the worst and most severe of the season....
      The three master EBENEZER is ashore off the Holland breakwater outside the south pier. She sprunk a leak, lost her deckload of shingles, and struck the pier in trying to get in. She is broken in two and lies in bad shape.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, October 4, 1887

Holland.---The schooner EBENEZER, of Chicago, left Muskegon on Sunday afternoon loaded with lumber and shingles. During the gale of Monday night she sprang a leak and lost half of her deck load when about 20 miles out in the lake. She tried to make the harbor here, and at 4 o'clock she struck the south pier, running her bowsprit through the lighthouse, and sheering off, she struck the beach south of the harbor. The crew all got off safe, and left for Chicago, except captain Johnson, who remained with the schooner. She will probably be a total loss, as she pounds very hard. The EBENEZER was formerly the WATTS SHERMAN. She is owned by C. Michelson, of Chicago. She was built in 1846 at Buffalo by Jones and rebuilt in 1883 and measured 159 tons.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. October 6, 1887 p. 5

Chicago.---C. Michelson, owner of the wrecked schooner EBENEZER, returned from Holland Saturday. He says the vessel is badly damaged, the stern having been mashed off down to the transon. After getting her afloat the steam pump gave out, so the vessel was towed inside the harbor and allowed to sink in shoal water. Her cargo of shingles was sent to Chicago on the ROCKAWAY
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 13, 1887 p. 1

Schooner EBENEZER of 159 tons, owned by Michelson. Home port, Chicago. Built 1846 Classed as B 1 and a half. On October 3rd. 1887 vessel wwith a cargo of lumber, went ashore on Lake Michigan. Property loss $2,000.
      1887 Casualty List (Partial Loss)
      The Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887
      Schooner WATTS SHERMAN. Of 167 tons. Built Buffalo by Jones in 1846. Owned by Myers. Home port, Buffalo. REMARKS:-- Not insurable.
      Association of lake Underwriters
      Lake Hull Register, 1879

Schooner EBENEZER.* U.S. No. 26168. Of 157.96 tons gross; 150.06 tons net. Built at Buffalo, N.Y., in 1847. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 103.4 x 22.5 x 9.6
* Formerly schooner WATTS SHERMAN.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1892

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,000
Freight: lumber & shingles
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.78752 Longitude: -86.10893
William R. McNeil
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Ebenezer (Schooner), U26168, aground, 3 Oct 1887