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Nellie Mason (Schooner), U130221, aground, 29 Oct 1887

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The barges MASON, ACONTIAS and MOSS are ashore at Presque Isle.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, November 1, 1887

Alpena.---The steambarge ELFIN-MERE, with consorts LOTTIE MASON, ACONTIAS, and MOSS, parted their tow lines in a snow squall Saturday. Her barges all went ashore on presqu'Isle. The ACONTIAS and MOSS were lumber laden from Cheboygan to Detroit; the LOTTIE MASON for Buffalo. The steambarge is safe in presqu'Isle harbor. After being in the rigging five hours the crew of the MASON were rescued by the Middle Island life saving crew. The crew then went to the rescue of the crew of the MOSS and ACONTIAS. The sea is running high and the vessels are liable to go to pieces.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 3, 1887 p. 4

Schooner NELLIE MASON, of 527 tons. Home port, Ogdensburg. Owned by Burl. Built 1882 and classed A 2. On October 29, 1887 vessel with a cargo of lumber went ashore on Lake Huron. property loss, hull $18,000 cargo $2,000.
      1887 Casualty List (partial Loss)
      the Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887

Cheboygan.---The life saving crew of Middle Island did noble workin rescuing the crew of the barge NELLIE MASON during the storm of Saturday morning at Presqu'Isle. The dragged their boat a mile through the woods opposite the wreck and she swamped several times as they attempted to launch her, and the men were thrown in the water and were almost dead with cold, but like heroes succeeded in reaching the vessel and rescued the crew who were clinging to the icy wreck. Seas completely buried her, and if they had not been soon rescued would have perished, as she was coated with ice to her mastheads and was full of water. Part of her deck load was washed off. The tug LEVIATHAN is working at her and will save her.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 3, 1887 p. 4

Bay City.---One of the sailors of the barge NELLIE MASON arrived in port and reports the boat a complete wreck. The crew suffered terribly before being rescued by the life saving crew. When the captain was taken ashore he was in his stocking feet and had to use a table-cloth as a covering for his head. When the stockings of the captain and his wife were removed the flesh came off with them. The sailor gives great praise to Mr. Gordon, the owner, who aided the sufferers financially and otherwise.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 10, 1887 p. 5

      The barge NELLIE MASON, ashore at Presqu'Isle, broke up in the late gale. The wrecking expedition has abandoned her.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 17, 1887 p. 6

Schooner NELLIE MASON. U. S. No. 130221. Of 554 tons gross; 527 tons net. Built East Saginaw, Mich., 1882. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 181.0 x 33.4 x 11.5 Crew of 6.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $18,000
Cargo: $2,000
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.3514 Longitude: -83.48887
William R. McNeil
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Nellie Mason (Schooner), U130221, aground, 29 Oct 1887