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Joseph Paige (Schooner), U75593, aground, 1 Dec 1897

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      Abandoned By Her Towing Steamer She Went On Shore, But Crew Was Saved.
      DEER PARK, Mich. Dec. 2. - Abvandoned by her towing steamer and unable to work her way off a lee shore in the heavy northwest gale on Lake Superior, the schooner JOSEPH PAIGE went ashore yesterday at Vermillion Point and became a total loss. The crew were rescued by the life-saving crew from the Vermillion Station, without the loss of a single man.
      The PAIGE now lies on the beach broken in two. Her crew are being sheltered by the life-savers and will be able to start for Sault Ste. Marie today. The towing steamer, the P.B. TUTTLE, only saved herself from similar disaster by casting the PAIGE adrift.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, December 2, 1897 8 - 3

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      Few tears would be shed by vessel owners if the underwriters were called upon to pay for a few more vessels like the JOSEPH PAIGE, which stranded on Vermilion point, Lake Superior, Wednesday, and was pronounced a total loss. The PAIGE was a good vessel in her time but she was beyond the money-making mark. The danger of loss of life is all that is taken into account by vessel owners in discussing accidents of this kind. John F. Wedow of Cleveland was managing owner of the PAIGE. She was insured in companies represented by Smith, Davis & Co. of Buffalo for $12,500.
      Marine Review
      December 2, 1897
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      Schooner JOSEPH PAIGE, stranded December 1, 1897 on Lake Superior. Of 1,20 tons, valued at $15,000 and owned by John Wedow of Cleveland.
      Vessel Losses on the Lakes, 1897
      Marine Review
      December 23, 1897

Schooner JOSEPH PAIGE. U. S. No. 75593. Of 625.86 tons gross;594.57 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1872. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 190.4 x 32.1 x 12.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1897

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.76308 Longitude: -85.14899
William R. McNeil
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Joseph Paige (Schooner), U75593, aground, 1 Dec 1897