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R. Kanters (Schooner), U125223, aground, 3 Jun 1896

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Escanaba, June 3 - The schr. R. KANTERS, formerly the CITY OF WOODSTOCK, went on the rocks on the south side of Pilot Island, and has been stripped and abandoned, the captain being unable to make arrangements with tugs for her release. One-half of the schooner was owned by ex-Mayor Kanters of Holland, and the other half by Capt. Peter Blake of Muskegon, who sailed her. She was built in 1873 and measured 164 tons. There was no insurance.
      Detroit Tribune
      June 4, 1896

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      The schooner R. KANTERS, formerly the CITY OF WOODSTOCK, went on the rocks on the south side of Pilot Island and has been stripped and abandoned. She was built in 1873 and measured 164 tons. She was owned by Kanters and Blake.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, June 4, 1896

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      Holland, June 16 - A telegram was received here today that an Escanaba wrecking company had pulled the hull of the schr. R. KANTERS off the reef near Pilot Island, and towed it into shallow water. Ex-Mayor Kanters, who owned 2/3 of the schooner, and Capt. Blake, who owned the rest of the boat have disclaimed their interests to the wrecking company.
      Detroit Tribune
      June 7, 1896

The Leathem & Smith Towing and Wrecking Company have become owners of the wrtecked schooner R. KANTERS without resort to legal matters. Ex Mayor Kanters of Holland, Mich., and Capt. Blake of Grand Haven quit the clain of their interest in the vessel.
      Evening Wisconsin
      June 17, 1896
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      Sturgeon Bay, Wis., June 24. -- The schooner R. KANTERS, which was recently released from Gravelly Island by the tug WRIGHT of the Lesthem & Smith fleet, was yesterday put in the boxes at this port for a thorough overhauling and repairs. Her bottom is quite badly injured.
      Milwaukee Wisconsin
      June 24, 1896

      The Sturgeon Bay Advocate states that the Leathem & Smith Towing Company will convert the schooner R. KANTERS into an un-rigged barge similar to the BAY STATE for the stone carrying trade. The KANTERS is of light draught and can be loaded decks to, which will make her nearly equal to the BAY STATE as a carrier. Her bottom amidships was badly chewed up from grinding on the rocks of Gravelly Island and her forefoot was broken, but outside of this the vessel is a sound as a dollar. It will take about ten days to complete repairs.
      Milwaukee Wisconsin
      June 27, 1896

      Schooner R. KANTERS.* U.S. No. 125223. Of 164.05 tons gross; 155.85 tons net. Built at Manitowoc, Wis., in 1873. Home port, Grand Haven, Mich. 112.6 x 25.6 x 8.4
      * Formerly schooner CITY OF WOODSTOCK
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1891

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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 45.28499 Longitude: -86.91984
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R. Kanters (Schooner), U125223, aground, 3 Jun 1896