THE KATE L. BRUCE
Names of the crew.
Any information regarding the schooner KATE L. BRUCE will be gratefully received by Captain Lindgren at 123 South Clark Street, this city.
The crew of the BRUCE were as follows:--
Master - Captain Hans Hansen, wife and two children in Chicago.
First Mate - S.P. Christiansen. Wife and two children in Chicago.
Second Mate - E. West. Wife and three children at St. Joseph, Mich.
Seamen - Knud Olson - A. Andersen - P.L. Jansen - Carl Albart - L. Johnson, all of Chicago.
A man named Peter Smith, of Chicago took the place of one of the above seamen just as the vessel was leaving, but which is not known.
Thers is still some hope, for at least the crew of the BRUCE - or some of them.
The insurance people are endeavoring to learn if there was any collision.
Private dispatches say that "the impression is that the BRUCE is sunk off Thunder Bay Island."
That impression obtains here too, but in the absence of positive information it goes for nothing. If sunk, she is on Lake Huron, of course, but where nobody yet knows.
The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November 1877
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Chicago, November 16. - The KATE L. BRUCE, a vessel belonging to the Lendgren Brothers, of this city, of 300 tons burden, and engaged in transporting iron ore, has undoubtedly sunk. Her stern and yawl drifted ashore at Alpena, Mich., today. The fate of the crew is unknown.
November 17, 1877
SUPPOSED LOSS OF THE "KATE L. BRUCE " WITH ALL HANDS.
Detroit, Mich., Nov. 19. - A telegram received from Alpena this afternoon states that on the 12th a yawl boat with the name KATE L. BRUCE painted on the stern came ashore and capsized near Thunder Bay Light; also a mast with part of the deck. The mainmast was painted black. It is supposed that the schooner KATE L. BRUCE, bound down loaded with iron ore, has been lost with all hands.
November 20, 1877
A LOST SCHOONER.
Goderich, May 3. -- The tidings received of the schooner KATE L. BRUCE which left Chicago last October with a cargo of grain, confirms the supposition that she foundered in Lake Huron. The Captain of the schooner NEMESIS at this port to-day states that a fisherman on the docks on the east coast of the lake picked up a bureau belonging to the ill-fated vessel. In the drawers were books, etc., giving the names of the crew and other matters relating to the schooner.
May 4, 1878
SAID TO BE THE ILL-FATED "BRUCE."
A gentleman who came down on the schooner MARY LYON sends to the Post & Tribune the following: On May 19, when on Lake Huron, bound down from Milwaukee to Buffalo, the schooner MARY LYON, of Rochester, N.Y., Capt. Paul Harry, struck something lying in 20 fathoms of water, about 5 miles N ½ East off from Thunder Bay light. At the time the LYON was standing in towards land, with the wind ahead, and light. Her center-board, which was down, was forced up by the collision. Capt. Harry thinks he struck the spars of some sunken vessel.
This is just about the locality in which it is generally supposed the ill-fated schooner KATE L. BRUCE went down in the fall of 1877 , and of which, together with her crew, no tidings have ever been received, save the finding of some of her books and furniture in or about Georgian Bay last summer.
Detroit Post & Tribune
Thursday, May 22, 1879
NAME: KATE L. BRUCE
OFFICIAL NO: 14277
GROSS: 307.21 (1873; 1875; 1876; 1877)
HOME PORT: Chicago, IL (1873; 1875; 1876; 1877)
YEARS LISTED: 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877.
Mvus, sail. 1866 - 1885