The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
L. C. Butts (Schooner), U15850, aground, 12 Nov 1891

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The underwriters have given up the schooner L.C. BUTTS with her cargo of 1,200 tons of coal as a total loss. Efforts to release her from Washington island, where she stranded on the first of the month, have proved fruitless. She was insured for $10,000. The scow FORESTER, stranded on Pilot island, is also a total wreck. She was a small craft and had been in service for more than twenty years.
      The Marine Review
      November 12, 1891
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      Wreckers have fished 200 tons of coal out of the water on the east side of Washington Island, being a portion of the cargo of the wrecked schooner L.C. BUTTS.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      March 28, 1892

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Schooner L.C. BUTTS, coal laden, stranded November 12, 1891 on Lake Michigan in a heavy south-west gale and became a total loss. The crew suffered severe hardship, but all were rescued. Estimated value of vessel and cargo $16,000.
      U.S. Weather Bureau's Report on Wrecks
      Occurring on the Great Lakes 1885 - 1893

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Schooner L.C. BUTTS. U. S. No. 15850. Of 769.01 tons gross; 730.56 tons net. Built South Saginaw, Mich., 1872. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 173.9 x 32.0 x 18.8.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $16,000
Cargo: inc.
Freight: cargo
Remarks: Total loss
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William R. McNeil
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L. C. Butts (Schooner), U15850, aground, 12 Nov 1891