The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Berlin (Schooner), U2161, aground, 10 Nov 1877

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The schooner BERLIN of Buffalo, loaded with limestone, bound for Bay City struck Port Austin Reef about 8 o'clock Thursday night in a fearful gale and went to pieces. Four were lost, two saved.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, November 13, 1877

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      wrecked On Lake Huron - Four Men Lost.
      Detroit, Nov. 13. - A dispatch received from Grindstone City this afternoon states that the schooner BERLIN, struck a reef during the gale Thursday night and went to pieces. Captain Johnson and the cook, a colored man, name unknows, were drowned. The remainder of the crew, four in number, clung to portions of the wreck all night, and until 4 o'clock the next day, when they were reached by the life-boat and two of them rescued alive, the other two, the captain's son and a sailor, having perished from exposure. The names of the survivors are Martin Oleson and Charles Hanson, of Buffalo, both Norwegians.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 14, 1877

Schooner BERLIN. U. S. No. 2161. Of 213.86. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: aground
Lives: 4
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.05029 Longitude: -82.90078
William R. McNeil
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Berlin (Schooner), U2161, aground, 10 Nov 1877