The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Waverly (Propeller), U80432, aground, 21 Nov 1887

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Milwaukee.---The propeller WAVERLY, which ran ashore Saturday on the South Manitous and released herself, again went ashore Monday evening five miles north of here. The weather was hazy, and her captain mistook a light on shore for the North Point Light. She is in nine feet of water, is on a rocky bottom, and has three feet of water in her hold. Two tugs with the life-saving crew went to her. She has a cargo of general merchandise from Ogdensburg.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 24, 1887 p. 5

Propeller WAVERLY, of 990 tons. Home port, Vermillion. Owned by Gilchrist. Built 1874 and classed A 1. On November 21, 1887 vessel went ashore on Lake Michigan, with a cargo of sundries. Property loss, hull $10,000, cargo $50,000
      1887 Casualty List (Partial Loss)
      The Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887

Milwaukee.---(later) -- Saturday the propeller WAVERLY went ashore on the South Manitou, but was released without damage. Shortly after dusk Monday evening she again went ashore at Whitefish Bay, about five miles north of here. Her captain says he mistook a bright light at Whitefish Bay for the North Point light and headed the boat into what he supposed was Milwaukee Bay. The weather was hazy and he did not see the land until the boat struck. She went on with full force, striking a rocky bottom, and is three feet out. In less than two hours she had three feet of water in her hold. Very little sea was running, and the mate was sent ashore in the boat for assistance. Captain Sweeney of the tug HAGERMANN heard her signals of distress and went to her, returning for lighters, a force of men, two steam-pumps, and hawsers. The HAGERMANN and WELCOME both went to the wreck. The life-saving crew accompanied them, although the WAVERLY's crew are in no danger, unless a heavy gale should spring up. The weather is pleasant and the wind is light from the south.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 24, 1887 p. 5

Steam screw WAVERLY. U. S. No. 80432. Of 1,104.02 gross tons; 989.76 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1874. Home port, Sandusky, Ohio. 191.2 x 33.7 x 13.4 Of 300 nominal horsepower
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $10,000
Cargo: $50,000
Freight: sundries
Remarks: Got off
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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Waverly (Propeller), U80432, aground, 21 Nov 1887