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Nirvana (Schooner), U130481, sunk, 20 Oct 1905

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      Eleven Vessels Completely Wrecked And Twelve Or More Damaged
Chicago, Oct 21. - The storm which Thursday night and yesterday swept over Northern Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Erie was one of the most severe in recent years. As far as returns are obtained 10 vessels have been completely wrecked and 12 or 15 others more or less severely damaged.
      Twelve lives are known to have been lost, and as the gale on southern Lake Huron and Lake Erie is still blowing fiercely it is feared other losses, both of life and property, will be reported within the next 24 hours.
      The boats lost follow:
Tug FRANK PERRY, sunk off Boot Island, in the Cheneaux group.
Steamer JOSEPH S. Fay, ran ashore near Rogers City, Mich., and broken to pieces by the waves. Mate Joseph Syze was drowned. The boat is owned by M.A. Bradley of Cleveland.
      Barge D.P. RHODES in tow of the steamer J.S. FAY, driven ashore near Cheboygan, Mich.
      Schooner EMMA L. NEILSON, stranded in Presque Isle harbor; boat badly damaged, but crew was saved.
      Schooner MINNEDOSA, foundered two and a half miles off Harbor Beach in Lake Huron early yesterday, carried down entire crew of eight men.
      Schooner MAUTENEE, ashore 18 miles west of Erie, Pa.
      Schooner supposed to be either the TASMANIA or ASHLAND of Corrigan fleet, sunk two and a half miles southwest of Southeast Shoal Lightship on Lake Erie, carried crew of eight men of whom nothing is known. (later it was ascertained that the vessel must have been the TASMANIA).
      Steamer SARAH E. SHELDON, beached and wrecked near Lorain, O.
      Schooner KING FISHER, beaten to pieces off Cleveland.
      Tug WALTER METCALF sunk near breakwater light, Cleveland.
      The MINNEDOSA was coming down from Fort William, Canada, bound for some Lake Ontario port with a cargo of wheat. She was in tow of the steamer WESTMOUNT, which was also towing the barge MELROSE. The tow line broke during the storm and the MELROSE and WESTMOUNT were seperated from the MINNEDOSA. They managed to make shelter at Harbor Beach late in the afternoon and reported that they had seen the MINNEDOSA go down. She was in command of Capt. Phillips, who had his wife aboard. The boat was owned by the Montreal Transportation Company of Montreal.
      Two accidents occurred at Grand Marias, Mich., where the steamer BARTH, towing the schooners NIRVANA and GALATEA, endeavored to make the harbor for shelter. Both schooners missed the entrance and drifted westward in the lake. The NIRVANA went down about a half mile off shore, and her crew of seven men were rescued by the life saving crew. The GALATEA went ashore but probably will weather the storm. Her crew of seven men were also taken off.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 21, 1905

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      Rescued Two Crews
      The schooner NIRVANA, same date, [Oct. 20, 1905] while attempting to enter the harbor of Grand Marais for shelter from a gale, collided with the pier, staving a hole in her bow below the water line, and causing her to fill and sink in eighteen feet of water. The lifesaving crew, learning of the casualty, transported the surfboat over a point of land abreast of the wreck and went to the assistance of the imperiled men, who could be seen cling to the stern of the vessel. The surfboat was held up to the wreck until all were taken off and brought to the shore in safety. They were succored at the station until able to depart for their homes.
      At two in the morning of this very fateful October 20, the schooner LYDIA dragged her anchors during a strong gale and high seas, striking the beach a half mile south of the Manistee station. The lifesavers attempted to launch the surf boat, but were driven back by the tremendous surf which finally disabled the boat. The beach apparatus was then run out, and at 5 a.m. it was placed in position abreast of the wreck and ready for operation. The first line was driven to leeward of the vessel by the wind, but the next one fell on board and was made fast by the sailors. At this point the LYDIA's cables parted and she was swept inshore by the sea. The whip line was again hauled taut, and the shipwrecked men slid down on it, then let go their hold and dropped into the water, where they were rescued by the surfmen, who plunged in to their assistance. They were borne ashore in safety and then conveyed to the station where they were cared for until able to leave for their homes.
      Detroit Free Press [flashback]
      May 12, 1907

schooner barge NIRVANA. U. S. No. 130481. Of 611 tons gross; 580 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1890. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 169.5 x 34.0 x 13.2 Crew of 6.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904
schooner barge NIRVANA. U. S. No. 130481. Of 611 tons gross. Built 1890. On October 20, 1905 vessel foundered off Grand Marais, Mich. With 6 persons on board, no lives lost.
      Loss of American Vessels Reported During Fiscal Year, 1906

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    Latitude: 46.67081 Longitude: -85.98517
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Nirvana (Schooner), U130481, sunk, 20 Oct 1905