The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Alta (Schooner), U106266, aground, 20 Oct 1905

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Tonawanda, Nov. 6. -- The steamer MANISTIQUE, which arrived at the Tonawandas a few days ago with the barges towed by the steamer BIRCKHEAD, burned at Alpena a few weeks ago, left for Lake Superior to dismantle the steamer SAVONA and the barge ALTA, wrecked in the recent storm. The MANISTIQUE is being fitted with a pony engine and other appliances for the work.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 6, 1905
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      Marquette, Nov. 28. - The attempt to release the schooner ALTA, wrecked some weeks ago on Grand Island, near Munising, has been abandoned by the Reid Wrecking Company of Sarnia, which purchased the boat. The ALTA is fast on a reef and will probably soon go to pieces.
      Most of her deck load of lumber drifted ashore, and was picked up by men who refuse to give it up unless paid one-third of the appraised value. Reid declines to consider the proposition and a fight in the courts is probable. The lumber involved amounts to a quarter million feet.
      Buffalo Evening News
      November 28, 1905

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      Detroit, Dec. 15. - The work of salvaging the lumber cargo of the schooner ALTA, wrecked near Grand Island last October, has been abandoned for the season The barge lies in eight feet of water, 25 feet off shore. Unless a violent northeaster breaks up the vessel this winter it is expected the lumber will be saved from the wreck next spring.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 15, 1905

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Schooner ALTA. U.S. No. 106266. Of 893 tons gross. Built 1884. Stranded on Oct. 20, 1905 at Grand Island, Lake Superior. 6 persons were on board, but no lives lost.
      Loss of American Vessels During Fiscal year 1906
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1906
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      ALTA. Built April 1884 Schooner - wood
Sub-contracted to Thonas F. Murphy.
U. S. No. 106266 235 gt -909 nt 198' x 37.4' x 15.7'
Stranded October 20,1905, on Grand Island, Lake Superior.
      Frank Wheeler & Co., West Bay City Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.51661 Longitude: -86.66683
William R. McNeil
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Alta (Schooner), U106266, aground, 20 Oct 1905