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Mary Margaret (Schooner), capsized, 30 May 1853

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Schooner MARY MARGARET, capsized near Muskegon, May 29, 1853 - Drowned four men. Property loss $900. ---- Express
      Marine Disasters During 1853
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, January 5, 1854

We gain from a letter written by Andrew Bergh, captain of the said schooner, published in the Chicago Tribune, the following facts relative to the loss of the MARY MARGARET.
About 2 o'clock on the morning of 30th of May, the schooner on her voyage from Muskegon to Grand haven on Lake Michigan, was capsized.
The Captain in the letter says:
At 2 o'clock, I was awakened by a noise on deck. I sprang out of my berth and went upon deck, and at the time the vessel capsized, turning bottom up. She remained in that position for about two hours and then came on her beam ends. When the vessel capsized I went over with her and was under the deck when she was bottom up, and worked my way from there up to the cabin where were Mr. Farmsworth and two of the crew named Zach. Nelson, seaman; and Charles Plume, cook. The two last named persons died on Monday the 30th. in the same berth with Mr. Farmsworth amd myself, where we were all huddled to keep our heads out of the water. Mr. Farnsworty and myself remained in the cabin of said vessel until Wednesday noon, being the first day of June, at which time we were taken out of the cabin by Capt. Holland and crew, of the schooner GEORGE R. ROBERTS, who had to cut through the side of the schooner to reach us.
      Joseph Ermity and Wm. Johnson, who were on deck when the vessel went over, were lost. Capt. B. and L.A. Farmsworth, published the following card:
      "We the undersigned, desire to proclaim our thanks and eternal gratitude to Capt. Holland and crew, of the schooner GEORGE R. ROBERTS, for delivering us from one of the most horrible of deaths, in taking us from the pent up place in which we were confined on board of the schooner MARY MARGRET, after three long days and nights confined in a space of not more than twelve cubic feet, of nearly confined air. We ernestly pray that Capt. Holland and his noble crew may never want a friend in time of need. We can only say that Mrs. Holland, wife of the Captain, was to us as an angel from Heaven sent."
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 9, 1953
The MARY MARGARET, the vessel capsized on the 30th. ult, was discovered last week by the TELEGRAPH and taken to Stoney Creek, some thirty-five or forty miles north of this place. The bodies of the two individuals who perished in the cabin were taken out and interred at that place. - Grand River Times, 15th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, June 21, 1853

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The schooner MARY MARGARET, of Michigan City, says the Chicago Tribune, came out of the floating dock yesterday forenoon, having completed the repairs on her hull. She was towed from the ship-yard to the dock, foot of Dearborn Street, where she will be fitted with new sails and rigging, and put in complete order for business.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, July 18, 1853

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 4
Hull damage: $900
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.23418 Longitude: -86.24839
William R. McNeil
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Mary Margaret (Schooner), capsized, 30 May 1853