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Montpelier (Schooner), U16341, aground, 1 Nov 1878

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Three schooners went ashore at Grand Haven Friday morning, the AMERICA, MONTPELIER, and AUSTRALIAN. One man was drowned off the AUSTRALIAN.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, November 2, 1878

Detroit, Mich., Nov. 3. -- The tug NIAGARA left tonight with a steam-pump to aid the schooner MONTPELIER.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Monday, November 4, 1878

      NEWS FROM THE MONTPELIER. - Messrs. Merrick, Fowler & Essyltyn received a dispatch from Grand Haven yesterday forenoon, which reads as follows: " The vessel will not pump out. Have shipped Burton's pump to Detroit. NIAGARA worked eight hours. Will try again with a small tug, dredging when weather permits." The above refers to the MONTPELIER, and as one will readily see, looks bad for her. The fact that she will not pump out indicates that there is a big hole somewhere in her bottom. The NIAGARA will remain near her for some time, and, if she is pulled off, will tow her to Chicago, to which port her cargo of lumber is destined. Her owners, the gentlemen above named, state that she is only partially insured.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Friday, November 8, 1878

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      NEWS FROM THE MONTPELIER. - Messrs. Merrick, Fowler & Essyltyn received a dispatch from Capt. Millen, yesterday, which stated that two hours work had been done at dredging around the MONTPELIER, when operations were suspended on account of heavy weather. Capt. Millen estimates that six hours work in good weather will float her. All her anchors and chains and light articles have been taken off.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Monday, November 11, 1878

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      Captain Blackburn, Wrecking master, and Engineer Risley have returned from Grand Haven, bringing the Chicago pump. The Detroit pump has also been shipped home. There are now upwards of twenty wrecks on the beach north of the pier at Grand haven -- a perfect graveyard. It was striking on old wrecks that so damaged the MONTPELIER and ELVINA, now also considered total losses, and hereafter it will be even worse for vessels getting ashore at Grand Haven. Of all the vessel that went on there this fall, the MONTPELIER and ELVINA were the best, both of them being grain carriers. The old AUSTRALIA, which does not amount to much ashore or afloat, was got off. There is aslo, it is claimed, some chance for the AMERICA and the H. B. MOORE, but we learn that the chance is a very slim one.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Monday, November 11, 1878

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      NEWS FROM THE MONTPELIER. - Mr. M.F. Merrick stated last evening that the schooner MONTPELIER, ashore at Grand Haven, had been abandoned as a total loss. All hope of saving her was given up two days ago, but the NIAGARA has been pulling at her at the expense of the insurance company. As stated in this paper some time ago, she lies on an old wreck. She was insured to the amount of $2,500 only. Her cargo of lumber is still in her, and to get it out her decks will probably be cut away.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Saturday, November 16, 1878

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Manitowoc, Wis., Nov. 19 -- The underwriters and the owners of the schooner LAKE FOREST have failed to agree on the amount of the vessel's damage. The owner will allow her to sink, and resort to legal proceedings.
      The MONTPELIER and PERSIA have been abandoned after faithful efforts to effect their removal.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Wednesday, November 20, 1878

Grand Haven, November 19. -- The bar at this place has been dredged to a depth of 14 feet water, and the tug NIAGARA will remove all the deposit, leaving 14½ feet. All the vessels that went ashore during the late gales have been got off, except the PERSIA and MONTPELIER, which have been abandoned.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Wednesday, November 20, 1878
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      The wrecked schooner MONTPELIER was sold to Mr. Hull, of Muskegon, for $350.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Tuesday, November 26, 1878

Grand Haven News:-- The schooner MONTPELIER has been pumped out and will be repaired at Kirby's ship yard.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Monday, April 21, 1879

RIG: Schooner
LOA: 138.3
BEAM: 26.1
DEPTH: 11.5
GROSS: 290.27 (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-
81; 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
NET: 275.76 (1884; 1885
CITY: Clayton
HOME PORT: Clayton, NY (Pre-list; 1869); Detroit, MI (1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878;
1879); Grand Haven, MI (1880; 1880-81; 1882; 1883); Port Huron, MI (1884); Marine City, MI
YEARS LISTED: Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81; 1882;
1883; 1884; 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.06307 Longitude: -86.22839
William R. McNeil
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Montpelier (Schooner), U16341, aground, 1 Nov 1878