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U. S. Grant (Schooner), U25130, aground, 20 Sep 1878

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      Special Dispatch to the Post & Tribune
      Pentwater, September 20. - One of the worst storms of the season is raging here today. The schooner U.S. GRANT has arrived near the harbor waterlogged, and is now at anchor, the tug being unable to bring her in.
      Pentwater, September 20. - The storm continues. The schooner U.S. GRANT is now a total loss and uninsured. Her mate, Christian Hernsen, attempted to take a line ashore, when his yawl capsized and he was drowned. Frederick Lamson, a seaman, was washed from a floating hatchway and drowned. The citizens launched a boat and rescued the captain, and two seamen came ashore on the cabin. Capt. Stewart owned one-third of the vessel, and Messrs. Sands & Maxwell the remainder.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Saturday, September 21, 1878

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he schooner U.S. GRANT, wrecked at Pentwater, had a cargo of cordwood on board, consigned to Goodenow & Hinds, of Chicago. She was running back for shelter when she struck the pier and went on the beach. The mate and a seaman lost their lives. When the vessel changed hands recently, being purchased by Sands & Maxwell, of Pentwater, and others, from McDonald, the masters changed, the man formerly in the GRANT now being in the BESSIE BOALT, and a Pentwater man being placed in charge of the GRANT, it has been rumored that the master was one of those lost, but this proves to have been a mistake. The master was part owner. The GRANT was well advanced in years. There is no insurance on hull or cargo.
      (delayed letter)
      Pentwater, Mich., Sept. 22. -- The schooner U.S. GRANT went ashore here at 4 p. m. today, waterlogged, and is a total wreck. Of a crew of six, four were saved. The mate and a deckhand were drowned. Both, I am told, were married men, and have their families in Chicago. The GRANT left here Tuesday, and in the squall of yesterday sprung a leak and put back for repairs. Wind, north-west, and howling. Several vessels in this harbor for refuge.
      (delayed dispatch)
Pentwater, Mich., Sept. 22. -- The schooner U.S. GRANT left here Wednesday evening at about 7 o'clock, loaded with wood for Chicago. She was about half way across the lake when the storm struck her - Thursday afternoon. When the gale struck her she sprung a leak. The men were put to work at the pumps immediately, but the water gained on them steadily until they became discouraged and put about for Pentwater. When they came in sight of Pentwater the schooner was waterlogged and had a signal of distress flying. Some of the citizens seeing her, sent the tug JEROME out. By the time the tug got outside the GRANT had drifted about half a mile north of the pier. The tug was unable to move her on account of the smallness of the tug and the heavy sea that was running in shore. The tug pulled on her until the sea got so heavy that she could stand it no longer, and then she came in, and it becoming quite late in the afternoon the vessel let go her anchor and ran on the beach. One man attempted to take a line ashore in the yawl, but the boat capsizing he was seen no more. The rest of the men got off with whatever they could get hold of. There were six of the crew, Christian Hausen, mate, was drowned, and Frederick Lawson, seaman, washed off on a floating hatchway and drowned. The citizens launched a boat and rescued the captain and steward. Two seamen came ashore on the cabin.
      The captain owned one-third of the vessel, and Sands & Maxwell the remainder. She was uninsured.
      The body of Frederick Lawson was found Sunday afternoon about one mile south of the pier. Christian Hausen's body is not yet found. The vessel is a total wreck.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Tuesday, September 24, 1878

Schooner U. S. GRANT. U. S. No. 25130. Of 43.85 tons. Home port, Duncan City, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1969

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    Latitude: 43.78167 Longitude: -86.43314
William R. McNeil
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U. S. Grant (Schooner), U25130, aground, 20 Sep 1878