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Higgie (Schooner), U18745, aground, 14 Nov 1885

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The schooner in distress at Lyons' Head, Georgian Bay, is the HIGGIE, of Chicago, not the MARY L. HIGGIE, as reported Monday. The HIGGIE registers 410 tons, and is valued at $17,000.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Wednesday, November 18, 1885

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      Telegrams from Capt. Ledden, of the schr. HIGGIE have been received, announcing that the HIGGIE is ashore and in bad shape in Lion's Head Bay, Lake Huron. She left Collingwood Friday, bound for Alpena, and had not proceeded far when she struck a hidden rock. By the use of the anchor and her sails she was backed off without trouble, but it was discovered that she was leaking badly, with her keel split from stem to foremast. She was headed for Owen Sound, but making so much water that it was found necessary to run her ashore at Cabat's Head. Two tugs sighted the HIGGIE and released her and started with her in tow for Owen Sound, but got as far only as Lion's Head Bay when she began to sink. In order to save her she was again run ashore. At last advices she was still full of water. The HIGGIE is owned by Ed Avery of Chicago, and is valued at $16,000, insured for $15,000 in the Etna Company, Detroit Fire and Marine and Commercial of Cleveland.
      The Marine Record
      November 19, 1885 4-3

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      Schooner HIGGIE, of Chicago, built 1872 and of 419 tons. On November 13, 1885 vessel, with no cargo, sunk in Georgian Bay. A partial loss with a property loss value of $4,000.
      Cleveland Leader [Casualty List]
      December 7, 1885

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Schooner HIGGIE. U. S. No. 18746. Of 439.53 tons gross; 417.56 tons net. Built Sheboygan, Wis., 1872. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 173.3 x 31.1 x 11.8
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $4,000
Freight: nil
Remarks: Got off
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William R. McNeil
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Higgie (Schooner), U18745, aground, 14 Nov 1885