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Mary (Schooner), U16416, aground, 10 Sep 1878

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Union Pier, Mich., Sept. 11. -- The schooner MARY, from Pike's Pier, (East shore), eight miles north of St. Joe, lies about one mile south of Union Pier, and three miles north of New Buffalo, in a wrecked condition. She capsized yesterday morning (10th. inst.) at 6 o'clock, twenty-five or thirty miles outside, in a northwesterly direction, and drifted ashore as above. Four men were lost and two saved, the captain being one of them. The two men were taken from the wreck at 10 o'clock this morning by a fish boat from New Buffalo. The vessel lies on her side, and one of the two men is still in the vessel.
St. Joseph, Mich., Sept. 11. -- The schooner MARY, of Chicago, bound from Pike's Pier, nine miles north of here, to Chicago with cord wood became waterlogged during yesterday's storm, and the crew were obliged to take to the rigging. The vessel drifted with the storm until this morning, when she went ashore at Union Pier, twenty miles south of here. Several men living near the pier went out to the unlucky craft, and only found two men alive on her -- Captain Bartlett and F. Wheeler, three sailors having been washed off overboard, and one found dead, lashed to the rigging.
New Buffalo, Mich., Sept. 11. -- Early this morning a vessel was seen in distress, nearly two miles out from this place, with two men clinging to the rigging. A boat was sent to her rescue, and found the two men almost exhausted. One was Frank Bartlett, captain of the vessel; the other Frank Wheeler. The vessel was a total wreck, and finally sank. The men state it was the schooner MARY, of Chicago. They started from Pike's Pier, near St. Joseph, Sept. 9th at 6 p. m. When the storm came up during the night the vessel sprang a leak, and they were compelled to throw the deckload overboard. In their endeavor to reach Michigan City harbor, the vessel capsized, and she drifted with the wind to the place seen this morning. Four of the crew were drowned - one was the mate, Joseph Campbell; another, known as Pat; another at Michael Kelly, a lad of 16 years of age, and the other was unknown. One passenger on board, a boy named Grey, was also drowned.
      The MARY lost is the small MARY. Captain Stretch's MARY met with trouble on the east shore some time ago. The lost vessel measures 76 tons and has no insurance. The mate, Campbell, and two others of the crew, leave families here in Chicago.
      It was understood that the captain arrived in Chicago last evening, but he could not be found.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Thursday, September 12, 1878

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New Buffalo, Mich., Sept. 11. --Early this morning , the schooner MARY, a small vessel worth about $600, and bound from St. Joseph to Chicago, was discovered waterlogged, with the captain and a sailor clinging to the rigging, the vessel being a complete wreck. The two men were rescued in an exhausted condition and reported having capsized in the storm of Thursday night. Four of the crew were drowned, one being lashed to the rigging. The manes were, Joe Campbell, Michael Kelley, a man, known at pat, and a lad of sixteen. A passenger named Grey was also drowned.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, September 12, 1878
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      New Buffalo, Mich., September 13. -- As you have already announced, the schooner MARY was lost on the night of Sept. 9. Additional authentic particulars, with the names of the poor fellows drowned, will no doubt be of interest.
      I left Chicago about 12 o'clock the night of the 7th, bound to Pike's Pier, on the east shore, nine miles north of St. Joseph. I arrived there the 8th. about 0 o'clock P. M., and commenced loading about 8 a.m. the 9th. We loaded that evening and left the pier about 6:30 p. m., with the wind to the southward. When about three miles off I got a squall from the nor'west (which terminated in the breeze of the 10th.), and when we were about fifteen miles off St. Joseph we found she was leaking badly, I shortened her down and kept her on her course for Chicago.
      When about twenty-five miles off Chicago I found the water gaining on us so fast that I knew she would waterlog if I kept her on her course any longer, so I kept her off for Michigan City. After she was decks to I took all the sails off except the staysail. She remained in this shape for an hour, and then capsized. She being on her beam's end, the crew took to the rigging and remained there for three or four hours, when the boy Michael Kelly was drowned. Soon after James Tiffney was drowned, and half an hour later, the steward, Patrick Donavan, was drowned, and about twenty minutes later, the mate, Joseph Campbell, of Saugatuck, was drowned. We were then seven or eight miles off new Buffalo, and it was about one o'clock p. m.. Myself and one seaman remained on board the rest of the day and the night following. We were taken off the wreck on the morning of the 11th. about 10 a. m., by the citizens of new Buffalo.
      The vessel now lies on the beach, two miles north of new Buffalo, a total wreck.
      I learn by the seaman saved with me that in loading the mate neglected to put the necessary dunnage on deck, and by throwing wood down from the high pier he broke several holes in the deck. I was away when the deck load was put in. I was off to get a stick for a topmast, and knew nothing about the holes in the deck until I threw off the deck load, and now this seaman tells me how it was done.
      The man saved with me is Frank Wheeler. he is suffering severely from being so long in the water, but will recover.
      Hoping this may get room in your paper. I am very respectfully Yours. Frank Bartlett
      Master Schooner MARY
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Monday, September 16, 1878
Schooner MARY. U. S. No. 16416. Of 76.83 tons. Home port, Chicago.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S.
Schooner MARY. U. S. No. 16416. Of 94 Tons. Built Cleveland in 1851 by J. LaFrinier. Wrecked 1865 at Muskegonm but rebuilt at Sheboygan in 1865, Owned Chicago in 1876 with new mwasurement of 76 gross tons.
      Herman Runge List

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Reason: aground
Lives: 5
Freight: cordwood
Remarks: Total loss
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    Latitude: 42.10976 Longitude: -86.48002
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Mary (Schooner), U16416, aground, 10 Sep 1878