The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Agnes L. Potter (Barge), U1926, aground, 24 Sep 1894

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Grand Haven, Sept. 24 - The barge AGNES L. POTTER is ashore within a few feet from the south pier at this point. She is pounding on the bottom in a heavy sea and is leaking badly. Unless the wind changes or abates she will prove a total loss. The crew all escaped to the pier. The POTTER was the last barge of the tow of the stmr. CHARLES REITZ, which also had the barge JOHN MARK. The three left Chicago at 6:00 Saturday night bound to Mainstee for lumber. They were struck by a heavy northwest gale at midnight. Capt. Curran of the REITZ concluded that it would be better to run for this port for shelter than to try make Mainstee, and at 8:00 came in sight of the piers. As the craft tried to enter the river the heavy wind caught the JOHN MARK and forced her against the lee pier. She was able to get into the channel, but the POTTER was not so fortunate. She struck the end of the pier bow on, and the towline parted instantly. In an instant she was caught by a wave and thrown on the beach within a few yards from shore. She began pounding on the bottom at once. The crew were able to get ashore without difficulty, as the wreck is so close to the pier that a gang plank was run to the pier.
      An attempt will be made today to release the barge A.L. POTTER ashore just outside of the south pier, if the sea goes down. The POTTER has sustained but slight injuries in spite of the punishment she received by pounding in the sea all night.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      September 24, 1894 7-1

Schooner AGNES L. POTTER. U. S. No. 1926. Of 279.16 tons gross; 265.21 tons net. Built St. Clair, Mich., 1870. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 133.0 x 27.0 x 9.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.06307 Longitude: -86.22839
William R. McNeil
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Agnes L. Potter (Barge), U1926, aground, 24 Sep 1894