The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William Home (Schooner), sunk, 1894

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      The schooner WILLIAM HOME, consort of the F. R. BUELL foundered off Seul Choix Point, early Wednesday morning, during a heavy southerly gale. One survivor drifted ashore unconscious and was taken charge of by the Light-house keeper. The remainder of the crew were lost.
The HOME left Manistique on Tuesday night in tow of the steamer BUELL and two other consorts and had on a cargo of 579 tons of pigiron for Buffalo. At about 10:50 p.m. ,the deck load shifted and the schooner heeled over until she foundered.
The crew of seven suceeded in getting into the yawl, which soon afterwards capsized. All except Manga were washed from the overturned yawl, but he succeeded in holding on and finally drifted on the beach, near Seul Choix light. He was picked up there Wednesday afternoon by Joe Fountain, the light-house keeper. It was with great difficulty that he was brought back to consciousness. The HOME'S cargo was valued at $10,000 and insured for $9,500.
The schooner WILLIAM HOME, was commanded by Capt. C. H. Henderson, who lived in Mexico N. Y. she was owned by J. M. Jones of Detroit and was built in Clayton N. Y. by Johnson in 1871. 290 tons register, was rated A 2 and valued at $4,500 and was insured for $2,500 in Union & Reliance and other Companies.
      Marine Record
      Sept. 27, 1894

      The bodies of the crew of the foundered schooner HOME have all been picked up near where she sank. Those of Capt. C. P. Henderson and Alex Beuoskis, seaman, have been identified, but the others cannot be recognised. The Captains body was sent to Mexico N. Y., by the Masonic Order, and Beuoski's to Detroit. The owner of the lost schooner has been indefatigable in his search for the bodies and has done all that he can do in furnishing the fullest particulars to the relatives of those who were lost through the foundering of the vessel.
      Marine Record
      October 4, 1894

      Tonnage losses from collision and recent storms will not materially affect the carrying capacity of the lake fleet. Take, for instance, total losses of the past two weeks, which include the steamers JAMES PICKANDS and OHIO and the schooners IRONTON and WM. HOME. One new steel freight steamer like the I.W. NICHOLAS, recently built by the Cleveland Ship Building Company, would carry in a season as much as four boats that were lost.
      The Marine Review
      October 11, 1894

Ninety feet of water is said to cover the sunken schooner WILLIAM HOME, which foundered with the loss of all but one man on Lake Michigan, a few days ago. If such is the case, it is not probable that any effort will be made to recover her cargo of pig iron.
      The Marine Review
      October 18, 1894

The wreck of the schooner WILLIAM HOME lies in fifteen fathoms of water which will render it doubtfull whether any attempt will be made to recover her cargo of pig-iron.
      Marine Record
      October 25, 1894

      Manistique, Mich., July 14 - The wrecker SNOOK was brought here by Captain W.H. Baker of Detroit today, and an attempt will be made to recover the cargo of pig iron in the lost schooner WILLIAM HOME. J.C. Doran will try to locate the cargo with a new invention, and as yet it is uncertain whether the cargo has been loacated.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 15, 1901 2-4

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 6
Freight: pig iron
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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William Home (Schooner), sunk, 1894