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C. C. Griswold (Schooner), U4385, sunk, 5 Dec 1872

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Milwaukee, Dec. 10 - Capt. Thompson, late of the LAC LA BELLE, who was on the propeller CUYAHOGA arrived here and reports the schooner MIDDLESEX ashore opposite Round Island, with all hands saved. The schooners W.O. Brown and D.R. OWENS, from Duluth are reported lost with all hands on board. The schooner A.C. GRISWOLD from Marquette, is reported lost with all hands. The barges JUPITER and SATURN, ore laden broke loose from the steamer JOHN A. DIX and drifted ashore at Whitefish point, all hands lost. The Canadian steamer CUMBERLAND is frozen in at Bear Lake, with 50 passengers on board.
      The Toronto Mail
      Wednesday, December 11, 1872

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VESSELS LOST ON LAKE SUPERIOR-- TWO BARGES AND TWO SCHOONERS GO WOWN WITH ALL ON BOARD. -- The Detroit Tribune has a dispatch dated Marquette, December 5. -- The propeller CHINA returned to that port from the south Wednesday evening, Mud Lake was closed on the 17th and nothing has passed down since. Thirteen propellers and a number of vessels are frozen in on the river and above the canal. The barge JUPITER and SATURN were lost near Whitefish Point on the morning of the 27th with all on board. The CHINA saw their masts out of water 5 and fifteen miles above the point. The GENERAL DIX is all right at the Sault. The schooner MIDDLESEX went ashore near Pointe Aux Pins but her crew were saved. The St. PAUL and ATLANTIC are at Sailor's Encampment. The schooner W.O. BROWN was loaded with grain from Duluth and the schooner C.C. GRISWOLD with ore from Marquette are supposed to have been lost with all on board. The schooners, ESCANABA, EXILE, GOLDEN RULE, and CAMBRIDGE and the barque HEMISPHERE on Wiaska Bay were all in the same storm and lost most all their canvas. The CHINA brought to Marquette 400 men. The barges SATURN and JUPITER were owned by Capt. E.B. Ward of Detroit and were loaded with iron ore, 840 tons all together were bound from Marquette to Wyandotte in tow of the steam tug GENERAL DIX. They left Marquette at three p.m. on Tuesday previous to the disaster. The JUPITER was commanded by Capt. Peter Howard of Detroit. He leaves a wife and children. The names of the balance of the crew, are not known. The SATURN was commanded by a man from Amherstburg and his name is unknown, he having shipped recently. The balance of the crew consisted of Harvey Cusher, of Defiance, O.; William langendorff who was accompanied by his wife, of Toledo, O.; George Archer, residence unknown; and two other men known only as James and Philip. There was no insurance on the barges, but the cargo was insured.
      Port Huron Times
      December 12, 1872

      Schr. C.C. GRISWOLD of 354 tons. Owned Detroit by Chesebrough. Bound from Lake Superior to Wyandotte, foundered Lake Superior, November 1872, with the loss of 8 men. Loss to ship $12,000. Loss to cargo $13,500. Insurance on ship $10,000. Insurance on cargo $8,000.
      Marine Casualties of the Great Lakes
      1863 to 1873, Report of U. S. Coast Guard

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The schooner GRISWOLD which left Marquette on Oct. 28 last and never heard from again was found on the 5th of June between Grand Marais and the Two Hearted River. She is a total wreck. Four bodies were found on the shore close by.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, June 11, 1873

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      A WRECK AND FOUR DEAD BODIES FOUND. -- The schooner C.C. GRISWOLD, Capt. Harrison, which laden with iron ore, left Marquette October 28 last, and not heard from afterward, was discovered on the 5th. inst, between Grand Marais and Two Hearts River, on Lake Superior. She is a total wreck. She lies close to the beach with her bow and stern above water, which would indicate that she is broken across the centre. Four bodies, doubtless part of her crew, were found on the shore close by, and interred by the fishermen of the neighborhood.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 12, 1873

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      In the great gale that swept over Lake Superior on the 26th and 27th of November, the schooners C.C GRISWOLD and W.O. BROWN were lost. The fate of the crews were in doubt for a long time, but the following extract from a letter from Mr. James McGowan, shipkeeper on the steamer St. LOUIS at the Sault, to Capt. Ed. Kelley, of this city gives further particulars. The letter is dated December 28th, and says: "About a week ago the news came down from the North Shore that a vessel was ashore on Mamainse Point, opposite White Fish Point, but I could get nothing definate whether it was the BROWN or the GRISWOLD until today. We now learn that it is the BROWN, three of her crew having arrived here. The captain and mate were washed overboard outside; two men and the cook were frozen to death after landing. The men here say that she sprung a leak before the wind changed to the Northwest, and she became unmanageable; all they could do now was to keep her before it. The barges that the DIX lost I suppose you have heard from. One of them lies about three miles from White Fish Point, and the other two at Two Hearts River. No sign of the crews." - Cleveland Leader
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 14, 1873

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Schooner CHARLES C. GRISWOLD. U. S. No. 4385. Of 261.29 tons. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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    Latitude: 44.00011 Longitude: -76.98274
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C. C. Griswold (Schooner), U4385, sunk, 5 Dec 1872