The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Bessie Smith (Schooner), U2852, aground, 1 Nov 1873

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The wreckers who have just returned from Lake Michigan report the BESSIE SMITH a total loss at Beaver Island. Two steam pumps of the largest calibre were put on board of her and worked to their utmost capacity, but without avail and the work of raising her was about to be abandoned. As is already known, the BESSIE was a consort vessel to the stmr. J. KELLEY, and owned by the same transportation company. Her carrying capacity was upwards of 1,500 tons, and a the time of going ashore had about that quantity of ore on board. She came out new the present season, and was a staunch built vessel.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 13, 1873

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Barge BESSIE SMITH ashore at Beaver Harbor last fall, has gone to pieces. Cargo of iron ore.
      Toronto Globe
      April 6, 1874
Schooner BESSIE SMITH.* U. S. No. 2852. Of 723.00 tons. Home port, Erie Pa.
      * Reported as lost.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1880/81

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: ore
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.66472 Longitude: -85.55731
William R. McNeil
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Bessie Smith (Schooner), U2852, aground, 1 Nov 1873