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Silver Cloud (Schooner), U115025, capsized, 8 Jul 1891

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Port Washington, Wis., July 7 - The two master schooner SILVER CLOUD, bound from Bailey's Harbor to Milwaukee with cedar posts and lumber, waterlogged and capsized a few miles north of this port. Capt. Johnson and his wife and child were drowned, but the crew of 3 sailors clung to the wreck and were saved by a tug at 10:00 this morning. The schooner capsized about 2:00 this morning. The Captain and crew kept to work at the pumps until they found it of no avail. Then Capt. Johnson went down to the cabin to arouse his wife and child and bring them on deck. While below a heavy sea capsized the vessel, and the sailors had hard work to save themselves, but succeeded in clinging to the rigging. The SILVER CLOUD was built in Sheboygan in 1869, and was rated B 2, scow. She was owned by Theodore Plathner and others of Milwaukee, and was valued at $1,000.
      Detroit Tribune
      July 8, 1891

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The wreck of a two masted schooner was discovered Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock about 5 miles north of Milwaukee. A tug went out and took three sailors off in safety. The Captain, his wife and child were drowned. The schooner was the SILVER CLOUD of Milwaukee, bound from Bailey's Harbor to Milwaukee with cedar posts and lumber. The boat capsized about 2 o'clock Tuesday and the wreck beached about two miles from Milwaukee.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, July 8, 1891

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Further particulars of the loss of the SILVER CLOUD show that when the wreck was discovered a heavy sea was running, but in spite of the danger a little fishing tug headed out into it. The wreck was then about three miles off shore, drifting southward and toward the beach. The task of getting the three men from their perilous position was accomplished safely and the tug steamed back into the harbor. The wreck continued drifting towards the beach, which it finally struck. The bodies of the captain and his wife were then found in the cabin.
      The Sheboygan life-saving crew went to Port Washington and took out the bodies.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Thursday, July 9, 1891
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The sinking of the steamship PONTIAC, referred to elsewhere, may not result in the total loss of the boat, as she will probably be raised, although the river current, her cargo and other obstacles will make the work difficult. Two other boats that have met with accidents during the past few days will, however, be numbered among the total losses. The propeller IRA CHAFFEE, valued at $7,500 and owned by J.P. Sullivan of Detroit was entirely destroyed at the Sault Saturday, and the schooner SILVER CLOUD, which went ashore near Port Washington, Lake Michigan, on the 7th inst. with a loss of three lives, has been given up as a total loss. The steamer MARTINI, sunk near the mouth of the Detroit river by the steamer SPECULAR, has been raised and will be repaired at Ironton. Her damages are estimated at $1,200.
      Marine Review
      July 16, 1891

Schooner SILVER CLOUD. U. S. No.115025. Of 96.94 tons gross; 92.10 tons net. Built Sheboygan, Wis., 1869. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 79.4 x 21.9 x 6.3
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 3
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.38722 Longitude: -87.87564
William R. McNeil
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Silver Cloud (Schooner), U115025, capsized, 8 Jul 1891