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Tuscola (Schooner), U24225, sunk, 22 Jun 1878

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The schooner TUSCOLA, Capt. Frank Johnson, laden with cobble-stones, and bound for Chicago, was caught in the storm of Friday and foundered at Glencoe. The crew and Capt. Johnson's wife, who was on board, were all rescued, after great hardship and exposure, by the schooner NASSAU, Capt. Frost, and the Goodrich steamer CHICAGO. The captain and crew lost everything. The TUSCOLA measured 173 tons, rated B 2, and was valued at $1,200. Capt. Plumstead, in the employ of Gilbert Hubbard & Co., was the owner. She was built in 1859. Where the vessel went down the water was comparatively shallow, and she has since gone to pieces. No insurance on vessel or cargo, the latter also being owned by Plumstead.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 25, 1878

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      A Proper Tribute to Captain Frost, of the Schooner NASSAU.
It was claimed that the schooner NASSAU left Chicago short handed. The fact that sailors from her rescued a portion of the crew of the lost schooner TUSCOLA in a fierce gale is abundant proof to the contrary. That Captain Frost, by remaining in the vicinity and signaling steamers, was the means of also rescuing the remainder of the crew, there can be no doubt. Taken all in all, it was most providential that the NASSAU had trouble about getting her crew hers and that she encountered the storm outside, because, had she not, she would not have been in the vicinity to make the gallant rescue she did. The thanks of Captain Johnson, of the TUSCOLA to Captain Frost, have already been expressed in our columns. Charles Peterson, the mate of the TUSCOLA, one of the three men taken on board the NASSAU, makes the following report:
      At 10 a. m. Friday, June 21, about fifteen miles below Grosse Point and about four or five miles from shore, the TUSCOLA was in a sinking condition, loaded with paving stone, and a signal of distress was flying. The schooner NASSAU hove in sight and kept away from us. The TUSCOLA was now sinking fast, and the crew were divided in two boats. The NASSAU rescued three men out of one of the boats, whose names are Charles Peterson, Jem Leachards, and another man named Johnson. In consequence of the other boat being nearer to the shore, and the vessel being of heavy draught, the captain of the NASSAU hoisted a signal of distress for a steamboat, and the steamboat picked up the remainder of the crew. Captain Frost of the NASSAU, landed us the first opportunity, which was at the port of Racine. While we were on board his vessel he treated us with all the kind hospitality that and gentleman could, and also furnished us with all the money requisite to bring us home. (signed CHARLES PETERSON.)
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Friday, July 5, 1878

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      Schooner TUSCOLA, of 175 tons and 27 years of age, valued at $2,200.
      Tonnage Lost in 1878
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      December 17, 1878

Schooner TUSCOLA. U. S. No. 24225. Of 178.68 tons gross. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: cobble-stones
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.13503 Longitude: -87.75812
William R. McNeil
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Tuscola (Schooner), U24225, sunk, 22 Jun 1878