The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Michigan (Schooner), aground, 9 Nov 1878

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THE BIG SCHOONER MICHIGAN AGROUND. - On Saturday evening, the big schooner MICHIGAN left here for Buffalo, in tow of the tug FAVORITE, which was to take her to Lake Erie. When near the head of Fighting Island, the tug, for some reason or another - the captain says because he mistook the lights below - ran her hard aground, and all efforts to pull her off proved of no avail. To cap the climax, the FAVORITE succeeded in getting the tow line mixed up with her wheel. Shortly after the latter mishap, a steam barge came along, on which Capt. Hart of the schooner took passage for Detroit. Arriving here, Capt. Littleton, owner of the FAVORITE, was notified, who, with Capt. Hart, and Capt. Westbrook, of the tug COLEMAN, went to Windsor to see what could be done to get out of the scrape, as the schooner was in Canadian waters. Manager McDonald of the Canada Wrecking Company, was found at the Crawford House, but as his boats were all away, he was unable to render any aid. He very courteously informed his visitors, however, that he would write a note to the Custom's Collector, recommending that permission be granted some American tug to pull her off, which he accordingly did. The note was taken to Collector Benson, who with characteristic determination at first declined to interfere. After a while he relented and agreed to accomoany an expedition to see that all was fair. The party then came back to this side, hailed the tug SWEEPSTAKES, which was then passing down, gave her tow to the COLEMAN to take through, chartered the tug WILCOX and with the two went back to the schooner, and after some hard pulling, got her off. She was then taken to Lake Erie by the SWEEPSTAKES, and the FAVORITE was brought back to Detroit by the WILCOX. After some trouble the line was taken from the FAVORITE's wheel, but in a sadly demoralized condition. So far as known the MICHIGAN was not injured.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Monday, November 11, 1878

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.216944 Longitude: -83.118611
William R. McNeil
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Michigan (Schooner), aground, 9 Nov 1878