The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Melborne (Schooner), sunk, 24 Nov 1887

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Chicago.---Captain Critchett of the MELBORNE, says: "We left Milwaukee the wind being northeast and blowing hard. When off Grosse Point, the tug SILL, towing the MELBORNE and WAYNE, dropped alongside the latter, saying his boat was half full of water, then let go of the tow-line at 2:30 Thursday morning. The wind was then blowing hard from the eastward, and I steered a southeast course, until 4 o'clock, when we run into shoal water. I immediately dropped anchor. When the vessel came to, I saw we were in the breakers. At daylight I saw we were close in shore, and inside of a bar. A thick fog obscured everything. An hour after daylight I could see the Grand Calumet Heights club house. The barge pounded some on the bottom, so I scuttled her. After the vessel settled I went ashore with my wife and four men in the boat. I walked up to the club house, where we were warmly received and told to make ourselves at home. I learned Captain Lewis, Superintendent of the club house, had wired to the V. O. T. Company for assistance. I then went up to the station and telegraphed the owners, and sent additional word to the tug Company. I returned to the vessel to await assistance".
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Dec. 1, 1887 p. 1

Chicago.---The barge MELBORNE, scuttled off Grand Calumet Heights, was dredged off the bar Friday by the tug PROTECTION and arrived here.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Dec. 1, 1887 p. 1

      Grand Calumet. --- The tug PROTECTION arrived here to assist the barge MELBORNE with the surf boat in tow and the life-saving crew aboard. Captain St. Peter and crew did good service getting a line aboard the barge. The tug was about getting ready to start pulling on the line when a bight of it got foul of the wheel, rendering the tug helpless. By hard work the line was gotten out and work was again commenced. When the PROTECTION was disabled two tugs were wired for.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Dec. 2, 1887 p. 5

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Remarks: Raised
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.73003 Longitude: -87.57921
William R. McNeil
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Melborne (Schooner), sunk, 24 Nov 1887