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Lydia (Schooner), U140056, aground, 20 Oct 1905

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Ludington, Mich., Oct. 21. - At Manistee, about 30 miles north of here, the small schooner LYDIA is stranded on the beach. Her crew of three was rescued by the life-savers.
      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

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Reason: aground
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Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.24445 Longitude: -86.32425
William R. McNeil
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Lydia (Schooner), U140056, aground, 20 Oct 1905