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St. Lawrence (Schooner), U22584, fire, 30 Apr 1878

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The burning of the schooner St. LAWRENCE on Lake Michigan Tuesday night was caused by a kettle of pitch in the cabin.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, May 2, 1878

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      The St. LAWRENCE Destroyed By Fire And Captain Larkins Drowned.
Milwaukee, May 1. -- About 2 o'clock P. M. yesterday, when twenty-five miles off this port, the schooner St. LAWRENCE took fire from the boiling over of a kettle of pitch in the galley. When discovered the fire had made such headway that the efforts of the crew to control it were of no avail. The captain ordered a boat lowered while the vessel was under headway at six miles per hour. The boat was capsized the moment it touched the water, drowning Captain Martin Larkins and a passenger named Arthur Riplow, of Gifford, Ill. The remainder of the crew were picked up by the schooner GRANADA and landed at Ahnapee this morning. The St. LAWRENCE was owned by Captain Larkins.
      Cleveland Herald
      May 2, 1878

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      Mrs. Larkin of Ahnapee, widow of Captain Larkin, who was lost by the burning of the schooner St. LAWRENCE, on this lake, early in the season, received a few days since a cheque for $1,700 from the Masonic Aid Association, of which her husband was a member.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      August 22, 1878

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Apr. 30. -- Schooner St. LAWRENCE burned (thirty six years old) on Lake Michigan, with two lives.
      Incidents of the season of 1878
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, December 26, 1878

Schooner St. LAWRENCE. U. S. No. 22584. Of 110.76 tons. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: fire
Lives: 2
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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St. Lawrence (Schooner), U22584, fire, 30 Apr 1878