The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Penobscot (Schooner), storm damage, 19 Nov 1887

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Chicago.---The schooner PENOBSCOT, with lumber from Muskegon, arrived in port Sunday evening at 6 o'clock, in command of Charles Hanson, the first mate, who reported that when about sixteen miles off Muskegon at 8 p.m. Saturday, the captain, Charles Johnson, fell overboard and was drowned. The captain was wiping the glass of the binnacle with his handkerchief when a heavy sea struck the schooner, causing her to roll over to port, the captain lost his footing on the icy deck, fell backwards on to the rail and then overboard. Carl Rasmuson, who was at the wheel, shouted to the mates and crew, who were all forward, fastening the foreboom, who went aft as soon as possible, but nothing could be seen of the captain. The schooner lost about 30,000 feet of her deck load, also her stay sail and split her main sail and jib. Captain C.Johnson, was about fifty years of age, a single man, and resided at Milwaukee.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 24, 1887 p. 1

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Reason: storm damage
Lives: 1
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.23418 Longitude: -86.24839
William R. McNeil
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Penobscot (Schooner), storm damage, 19 Nov 1887