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Quickstep (Schooner), U115335, aground, 13 May 1895

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      Unknown Vessel Capsizes And Is Lost Sight Of Off North Point.
Racine, Wis., May I4.-- An unknown schooner capsized oft North Point about eight miles north of this city yesterday, Two farmers living on the point had watched the boat toiling in the surf for a half hour when suddenly she turned over. While they were hitching up their horses they could see men clinging to the rigging of the overturned craft.
The life boat was launched but the owners of the tug refused to allow her to go out into the storm. Nothing more has been seen of the wreck than what the farmers reported. The vessels due here are the CITY of GRAND RAPIDS, JASON PARKER and WILLIAM FINCH.
It is believed the wrecked schooner is either the FINCH or the PARKER, both of which were lumber laden and a few hours overdue.
St. Joseph, May I4.--The steamer PURITAN had a narrow escape from destruction at the entrance of the harbor last night. She left Chicago with 15 passengers and some freight, when the storm was nearly at its height. After a tempestuous trip the steamer was seen outside the harbor about 6 o'clock in a raging sea.
As the PURITAN attempted to pass between the piers she was struck, by several great waves which hurled her hundreds of feet out into the sea again, until the boat finally struck on the bar where she hung for a quarter of an hour, rolling back and forth as if she was on the point of overturning. The sea washed clean over her and wild excitement reigned on board.
Finally the steamer got free and getting her bow between the piers, struck violently first on one pier and then on the other and somehow got into the calmer water inside.
      St. JosephÆs harbor is one of the most dangerous in the lakes in such a gale as yesterday and the PURITANÆs escape is a marvel.
      Alpena, May 14.--The schooner J. B. KITCHEN stranded on Middle Island yesterday noon. The crew was rescued by the life savers and the seas are now breaking over the wreck. It is feared she will go to pieces. The KITCHEN was loaded with plaster. She is owned by the Jackson Lumber Company of Cleveland and is valued at $5,000.
      Sheboygan, May 14. --The schooner QUICKSTEP, owned by the Hilte Lumber Company of Milwaukee went ashore yesterday at South Beach during the storm. The crew suffered from exposure but were taken off safely. The boat was loaded with lumber bound for Menominee. It is feared she will break up.
Alpena. May 14.--A lot of pail bolts are reported by incoming vessels to be afloat In the lake. It In feared they are from the schooner WILLARD. which left 8aturday with a cargo of them and which has not been since heard from. An unknown schooner, thought to be the REINDEER, went ashore below Black River during the gale.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, May 14, 1895

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      The H.E. RUNNELS will be raised.
      The wrecked schooner QUICKSTEP was released from the beach at Sheboygan yesterday afternoon and is now in port to be repaired.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, June 5, 1895
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Schooner QUICKSTEP. U. S. No. 115335. Of 282.48 tons gross; 268.36 tons net. Built at Green Bay, Wis., in 1874. Home port, Grand Haven, Mich. 140.8 x 25.3 x 10.2
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1896

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Got off
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.75083 Longitude: -87.71453
William R. McNeil
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Quickstep (Schooner), U115335, aground, 13 May 1895