A collision occurred at 9 o'clock Saturday night about thirty miles from Cheboygan, between Detour and Spectacle Reef light, between the schooner GRACE MURRAY and an unknown Canadian topsail schooner. The MURRAY was standing to eastward and the other to westward, and struck the MURRAY on the quarter, tearing away her cabin. The cook was knocked overboard and drowned, and the mate badly cut about the hand. Medical assistance was obtained at Cheboygan. The MURRAY was able to proceed to Chicago, but the whareabouts of the other schooner is not known.
Chicago Inter Ocean
August 26, 1878
It has been the impression that the Canadian schooner which collided with the GRACE MURRAY was the VAN STRAUBENZIE. The latter arrived here yesterday, but the fact that she was the colliding craft is not yet established, as her master has not yet been interviewed on the subject. It must not be understood that he denies it.
The cook lost overboard at the time was Nicholas Daly, a Swede.
The Captain of the MURRAY has entered a protest here, but it contains nothing additional.
Chicago Inter Ocean
August 31, 1878
The schooner GRACE MURRAY, which was struck by an unknown vessel on Lake Huron during the gale of last Saturday, arrived at Chicago Thursday. Her stern is considerably damaged, as is also her house, but her passage was not interrupted thereby. The captain thinks a Canadian schooner struck him. An unsuccessful effort was made to rescue the cook, who was knocked overboard.
The Canadian schooner GLENIFFER arrived at Milwaukee August 29, minus her centerboard, which was carried away near Waugochance light in heavy weather, she sailed up in ballast trim and may be the vessel referred to as having been in collision on Lake Huron a few days ago.
Detroit Free Press
Saturday, August 31, 1878
Schooner GRACE MURRAY. U. S. No. 10222. Of 254.38 tons gross; 241.67 tons net. Built Black River, Ohio, 1856. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884