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Vega (Schooner), U22418, aground, 20 Oct 1905

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Ludington, Oct. 21. - The life-savers at this point last night rescued the crew of the VEGA and Mrs. George Jergenson, the Captain's wife. The VEGA is breaking to pieces on the beach.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 21, 1905

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      Detroit, Nov. 9. - Deputy United States Marshal O'Donnell sold the hulk of the schooner VEGA and her cargo for $125 at Ludington to satisfy the claims of the four members of the crew who began libel proceedings to recover wages. The VEGA went on the beach at Ludington during the last big storm, and her crew were rescued with difficulty by the life-savers.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 9, 1905

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      VEGA, schooner. U.S. No. 22418, of 200 tons; built 1856, was stranded October 20, 1905 at Ludington, Mich. No lives lost.
      Loss of American Vessels
      1906, Merchant Vessel List of U. S. A.

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      Rescued with Great Difficulty
      The schooner Vega, while endeavoring to make Ludington during the October 20 storm, missed the harbor entrance and stranded a short distance below the lifesaving station and about 1,500 feet from shore. It being too rough to launch the boat, the station crew set out with the beach apparatus, and with the assistance of a team of horses transported it to a wharf and thence to Pere Marquette lake on a tug, arriving abreast of the wreck. The Lyle gun was placed in position and a shot fired, only to fall short of the vessel. A No. 7 line, with six ounces of powder was then sent off, falling across the jibstay, but unfortunately slid down into the water beyond reach of the crew. The next shot fell on board and the line was hauled off and secured to the main rigging. The breeches buoy was sent out until all were landed in safety, and then they were conveyed to the station and given food and stimulants. The vessel was a total loss.
      The elements combined to injure much more shipping on the date mentioned, but these incidents were the most notable in the list of the day's mishaps.
      Detroit Free Press [flashback]
      May 12, 1907

Schooner VEGA.* U.S. No. 22418. Of 200 tons gross; 190 tons net. Built Erie, Pa., 1856. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 118.0 x 26.0 x 8.7 Crew of 4
      Formerly schooner [a] St. PAUL
      [b] A.J. COVILL
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.95528 Longitude: -86.45258
William R. McNeil
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Vega (Schooner), U22418, aground, 20 Oct 1905