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Silver Lake (Scow), U116263, sunk by collision, 28 May 1900

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Manitowoc, Wis., May 28. - The scow SILVER LAKE was run down by the car ferry PERE MARQUETTE, 15 miles off this port, at 3 o'clock this morning, Henry Eastman, the steward, was drowned. The captain and two sailors were rescued by the PERE MARQUETTE. The lost vessel was bound up, and ran into a dense fog half an hour before the collision. The PERE MARQUETTE struck her amidships, cutting the scow in two.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      May 29, 1900

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Ludington, Mich., May 28. -- At 2 o'clock this morning the car ferry PERE MARQUETTE ran down the small schooner SILVER LAKE, ten miles out of Manitowoc, Wis. A dense fog prevailed and neither boat was aware of the other's proximity until the crash came. The car ferry struck the schooner amidships, the latter hanging by her bow to the steamer's rigging until cut away. Three men climbed into the rigging and boarded the car ferry. Henry Eastman, the cook, was drowned. The SILVER LAKE was owned by Nels Johnson, of Racine. She was loaded with cordwood and sank when cut away. She was valued at $1,500.
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      May 29, 1900
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Capt. C.P. Theyer, of the tug ARCTIC, of Manitowoc, has notified the hydrographic office that the schooner SILVER LAKE, recently run down and cut in two by the car ferry PERE MARQUETTE, is a dangerous menace to navigation. The derelict was floating eight miles east of Sheboygan when last sighted, and was directly in the track of vessels up the west shore. The cargo of maple slabs which the SILVER LAKE carried, makes her a dangerous thing for vessels to strike.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      June 5, 1900

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Racine, Wis., Sept. 18. -- During the storm on Lake Michigan last night a large piece of wreckage, 40 feet long and 10 feet wide, washed ashore half a mile north of the harbor piers. Examination revealed that it was a portion of the wrecked scow SILVER LAKE and part of the name was visable on the side. The SILVER LAKE was owned by Nels Johnson of this city. On May 28, she was run down off manitowoc by the Pere Marquette car ferry and became a total wreck. Captain Martin was in command and he and two sailors were saved, but the first mate, Harry Eastman was drowned, and the body was never recovered. The loss to Mr. Nels Johnson, owner of the boat, was $1,200.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 19, 1900

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Racine, Wis., Nov. 7. -- In a letter to his wife, Captain Samuel Martin, master and owner of the schooner CHRISTINE MICHELSON, announced that his vessel stranded on October 30, fifteen miles below Escanaba and became a total wreck. The crew of five barely escaped. The MICHELSON was bound from Escanaba to Milwaukee with a cargo of 200,000 feet of lumber, most of which will be recovered. Capt. Martin and his crew are at last accounts engaged in recovering the outfit of the wrecked craft.
      Capt. Martin's experience on the lakes has been a disastrous one. He was mate of the schooner RAINBOW, when she went ashore in 1893, and in the last nine years he has lost the schooner PERSIA, scows LAURINA and SILVER LAKE and the schooner MICHELSON. He mortgaged his homestead to buy the last named vessel.
      The CHRISTINE MICHELSON was built at White Lake, Mich., in 1867, and had a gross measurement of 137 tons.
      Marine Record
      November 7, 1901

Scow Schooner SILVER LAKE. U. S. No. 116263. Of 111 tons gross; 105 tons net. Built Little Point Sable, Mich., 1889. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 95.0 x 20.0 x 7.6
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899

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Reason: sunk by collision
Lives: 1
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 44.09194 Longitude: -87.64731
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Silver Lake (Scow), U116263, sunk by collision, 28 May 1900