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Thomas Hume (Schooner), U95135, sunk, 22 May 1891

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Grand Haven, May 29. -- The schooner THOMAS HUME, owned by Hackley & Hume of Muskegon, which cleared from Chicago May 20, light, has not been heard from and is given up as lost by her owners. As there has been no rough weather since she sailed, mariners are at a loss to account for her disappearance. The HUME was a fairly seaworthy craft of 200 tons, built at Manitowoc in 1870, and carried a crew of about six men.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, May 29, 1891
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The schooner THOMAS HUME, owned by Hackley & Hume of Muskegon has been lost together with her captain and crew of 6 men. The HUME in company with the ROUSE SIMMONS left Chicago for Muskegon last Thursday evening. The storm that was raging drove back the SIMMONS, but the HUME was lost.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, May 29, 1891
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Capt. Lee, who went out with the STEYSILL to search for the missing schooner HUME, when asked what he thought her fate was, is reported as exclaiming: "Collision-run down, of course, just as the W. C. Kimball was run down. If she capsized she wouldn't sink, and I don't believe that stanch, stiff vessel ever capsized. Some steamer ran her down. People say no captain would be heartless enough to leave a crew after running their vessel down. Eshaw! I have sailed these lakes 40 years, and I know of several such cases. The fine schooner MAGELLAN was one of them. If the officers of some steamers see a big loss to pay for you bet they keep Mum." In regard to Jesse Martin's report of seeing the spar of a sunken vessel west of Holland, Capt. Lee said: "The captain of the MARTIN says he didn't go to that spar because he didn't know then that the HUME was missing. All nonsense. The MARTIN knew all about the HUME disaster. But if there is any spar there it isn't the HUME's. If she was afloat and in good shape she couldn't get as far north as that the way the wind was."
It seems to be impossible to learn the names of the HUME's Crew, though they all shipped at Chicago.
The HUME, like all other vessels, kept a book on board. That book is lost with her, and no list of the crew was left ashore. Hackley & flume, the owners of the HUME, can give only the name of the master - Capt. Albrightson - and Mr. Deming, the agent in Chicago, is also uninformed. Even the Seamen's Union has no list of the crew. Names have been published but the owners of those names have all turned up ashore. It was ascertained last evening to a certainty that the mate was Olaf Johnson, but the names of the other five seamen have not been learned. Johnson was 25 years old and a single man. His brother and sister live in Chicago and his parents in the old country. Capt. Henry Albrightson, as already announced, leaves a widow and six children, who reside in Ayers Court, Chicago.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, June 2, 1891
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      THOMAS HUME, schooner, foundered in heavy weather on Lake Michigan, May 22, 1891. Seven lives, comprising the entire crew were lost. The vessel left Chicago on May 22nd., bound for Muskegon, and was never after heard of, or any wreckage found belonging to her. Rewards were offered for information of her, but in vain. Valued at $4,000.
      U.S. Weather Bureau's Report of Wrecks
      Occurring on the Great Lakes, 1885 - 1893

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      BELIEVED TO BE SCHOONER HUME. - Laport, Ind., Oct. 11. - The wreck of a schooner was discovered in Lake Michigan yesterday afternoon, two and one half miles from New Buffalo, and the belief is that it is the remains of the THOMAS HUME, which went down fourteen years ago carrying along a crew of seven men. A fisherman got his lines caught in the wreckage and George Culbert, expert diver went down and found the hulk. It is 175 feet long, but the scrollwork was gone and he could not find nothing to indicate the name of the boat.
The THOMAS HUME and her sister boat, the ROUSE SIMMONS, left Chicago together one stormy night in 1891, and the ROCK SIMMONS was the only one which reached Muskegon, the THOMAS HUME never being heard from. She was owned by a lumber firm of Hackley & Hume of Muskegon.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 11, 1905

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Schooner THOMAS HUME.* U. S. No. 95135. Of 209.79 tons gross; 199.31 tons net. Built Manitowoc, Wis, 1870. Home port, Grand Haven, Mich. 131.6 x 26.3 x 8.4
      * Formerly schooner H.C. ALBRECHT
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1890

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 41.79393 Longitude: -86.74392
William R. McNeil
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Thomas Hume (Schooner), U95135, sunk, 22 May 1891