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James D. Sawyer (Schooner), U75386, aground, 14 Oct 1893

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      The MINNEHAHA loaded with corn went ashore on Saturday afternoon near Manistee. 6 killed, one saved. A few minutes after striking the bar the vessel broke in two and within half an hour nothing but the bow was left. There were no life-preservers on board.
The barge J.D. SAWYER was cut adrift by the B.W. ARNOLD near the Beavers in the saturday evening terrific gale. She is presumed lost.
      Eighteen were lost as the steamer DEAN RICHMOND goes down off Dunkirk, N.Y. She was chartered to the Toledo, St. Louis & Kansas City Line.
The barge HECLA is ashore at Wellington, Ontario.
The Barge J.C. MARTIN is ashore at Racine.
The tug ACME foundered on Lake Huron near Black River. None lost.
The schooners MORTON and CASTALIA are ashore near Sault Ste. Marie.
The steamer E.P. CURTIS and tow, ISABEL REED, T.S. FASSET and NELSON HOLLAND are ashore near Cheboygan.
The schooner CRAWFORD is ashore on Bois Blanc Island, Straits of Mackinac.
The schooner YOUKON is ashore at Waiski Bay.
The barges KNIGHT TEMPLAR and SWEEPSTAKES, consorts of the steamer SALINE, are ashore between Cheboygan and Duncan.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, October 16, 1893

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      "The JAMES E. SAWYER went on the rocks five miles from Charlevoix on Saturday. It is a total wreck. Crew saved." - [part of article]
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, October 17, 1893 p.1, c.3

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Schooner J.D. SAWYER stranded at Charlevoix October 15, 1893 and became a total loss. Valued at $16,000, owned by J. McMorran of Port Huron.
      Total losses in 1893
      Marine Review
      December 14, 1893

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Schooner JAMES D. SAWYER. U. S. No. 75386. Of 637.33 tons gross; 605.47 tons net. Built Tonawanda, N.Y., 1871. Home port, Cleveland, O. 183.0 x 32.0 x 13.3
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $16,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.31806 Longitude: -85.2584
William R. McNeil
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James D. Sawyer (Schooner), U75386, aground, 14 Oct 1893