The schooner STARKE, of Milwaukee, with coal for Mackinaw, in making that harbor, struck Biddle's Point, and is there in a leaking condition.
October 30, 1877
The tug WELCOME, from Milwaukee, with a steam pump to release the schooner STARKE, at Mackinaw, ran aground last night at Skillagalee, and threw her pump overboard. She came here today and got one of the LEVIATHAN's pumps.
November 1, 1877
A correspondent of the Detroit Post gives the following account of the disaster to the schooner STARKE at Bennett's dock:
"The three-masted schooner STARKE, laden with coal for Captain James Bennett, in attempting to come to Bennett's dock from the South Channel, through the passage between Round Island and Mackinaw, went ashore on the shoal south of the dock. This occurred at 8 o'clock in the evening of the 24th inst. It was raining quite hard from the east at the time, and yesterday, and today, the 26th, has increased to a heavy gale. Two tugs, the LEVIATHAM and the SAUGATUCK, came to Mackinaw yesterday and offered their assistance, but were not employed and went away. The captain of the schooner, it is understood, expects to have assistance from some other tug. This afternoon, about 3 o'clock, the sea dashed over her very heavily, and she rolled some, although she is scuttled. She lies on a smooth bottom of flat rock. A part of the crew came ashore this afternoon. There is a prospect for a bad night for the schooner. The coal is insured. As to the schooner, it is not known what insurance there is on her.
November 2, 1877
Schooner STARKE. U. S. No. 115474. Of 209.48 gross tons; 199.01 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Mich., 1876. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 124.0 x 27.0 x 9.0
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1890