The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
E. R. Williams (Schooner), lost anchor & chain, 19 Nov 1887

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Escanaba.---The schooner E.R. Williams, coal laden, on arriving here reported the drowning of one of the sailors, Henry Roxburgh, about eight miles from Poverty Island. Roxburgh and another sailor were at the foremast unfurling the topsail when he was missed by the other sailor, who sang out that Harry was overboard. The vessel was going through the water very fast, it was very dark, and he was never seen after he fell. Roxburgh was a married man with a home in new York, and shipped at Cleveland this trip. The WILLIAMS came to anchor off Peninsula Point that night and lay there until she parted her chain, losing her big anchor and seventy-five fathoms of chain.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 24, 1887 p. 1

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Reason: lost anchor & chain
Lives: 1
Freight: coal
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.66803 Longitude: -86.9668
William R. McNeil
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E. R. Williams (Schooner), lost anchor & chain, 19 Nov 1887