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Dick Somers (Schooner), U6136, sunk, 25 Nov 1877


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Buffalo Courier, 26th: A dispatch to Messrs. Fish & Armstrong Saturday afternoon stated that the schooner DICK SOMERS was ashore at Escanaba. Captain Blackburn has gone from Chicago to look after her. The vessel was bound from Escanaba to Ashtabula with iron ore. Nothing is known of her conditiom.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 27, 1877


      The Inter-Ocean Says: "Captain N.P. Hines, of the schooner DICK SOMERS, telegraphs that the vessel is on Poverty Island, and a total loss. She had 550 tons of iron ore - worth $6 a ton, on board, and was bound for Chicago or St. Joseph from Escanaba. The SOMERS was owned by W. Weinert, of Chicago, and Captain C.H. Meyers, of the schooner AETNA, recently in trouble. She was built in 1863, measured 332 tons, rated B 1, and valued at about $8,000. The insurance, $6,000 is in the Orient, Providence, and Security. Whether the cargo is insured is not known.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 27, 1877


      LOSS OF THE DICK SOMERS
      She Meets Her fate on Poverty Island
Captain N.P. Hines, of the schooner DICK SOMERS, telegraphs that the vessel is on Poverty Island and a total loss. She has 550 tons of iron ore - worth $6 a ton - on board, and was bound for Chicago or St. Joseph from Escanaba. The SOMERS was owned by W. Weinert, of Chicago, and Captain C.H. Myers, of the schooner AETNA, recently in trouble. She was built in 1863, measured 332 tons, rated B 1, and valued at about $8,000. The insurance, $6,000, is in the Orient, Providence and Security. Whether the cargo is insured is not known.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November 1877



      Messrs. Church & Hill, with the assistance of the schooner EXPERIMENT, have succeeded in raising seventy tons of the cargo of iron which went to the bottom with the schooner DICK SOMMERS at Poverty Island.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 4, 1878


      The schooner EXPERIMENT, Capt. Church, which is wrecking the iron ore of the lost DICK SOMERS near Poverty Island, has recovered 150 tons.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Tuesday, July 9, 1878

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Schooner DICK SOMERS. U. S. No. 6136. Of 332.24 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant vessel List, U. S., 1871
     


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Reason: sunk
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1877
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McN.W.16129
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.52749 Longitude: -86.66457
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William R. McNeil
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Dick Somers (Schooner), U6136, sunk, 25 Nov 1877