The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Elvina (Schooner), U8263, aground, 1 Nov 1878

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NEWS FROM THE EAST SHORE OF THIS LAKE:- is to the effect that the schooner AUSTRALIA will be a total loss, but that the MONTPELIER and ELVINA will doubtless be saved. The AMERICA is in some damger of proving a total loss, but there is a chance that she, too, may be rescued. The ALPENA, which left Chicago yesterday, took over another pump, which is to be used on the ELVINA and perhaps others, The H.D. MOORE is lying easy, and will be raised, if she is not up already. All these are at Grand Haven.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Monday, November 4, 1878

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      Captain Blackburn, Wrecking master, and Engineer Risley have returned from Grand Haven, bringing the Chicago pump. The Detroit pump has also been shipped home. There are now upwards of twenty wrecks on the beach north of the pier at Grand haven -- a perfect graveyard. It was striking on old wrecks that so damaged the MONTPELIER and ELVINA, now also considered total losses, and hereafter it will be even worse for vessels getting ashore at Grand Haven. Of all the vessel that went on there this fall, the MONTPELIER and ELVINA were the best, both of them being grain carriers. The old AUSTRALIA, which does not amount to much ashore or afloat, was got off. There is aslo, it is claimed, some chance for the AMERICA and the H. B. MOORE, but we learn that the chance is a very slim one.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Monday, November 11, 1878

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      Manitowoc, Nov. 21. -- The tug SMITH, of Buffalo, arrived this morning with the schooner ELVINA, of Oswego, in a wrecked condition, she having been ashore at Grand Haven. She was allowed to sink in shallow water, to await the arrival of parties interested.
      Chicago Inter-Ocean
      Friday, November 22, 1878
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      Oswego Palladium: "Mr. John E. Lee, of this city, returned yesterday from the schooner ELVINA, lying at Manitowoc. She lies in six feet of water, and is abandoned by the insurance men, who stripped her running gear, removed the pump, and left her without any sign of their intentions. Mr. Lee engaged Mr. John Merritt, of Milwaukee, to look after her in the interest of the owner, and notified the agents at Buffalo of the fact.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Monday, December 2, 1878
Schooner ELVINA. U. S. No. 8263. Of 296.75 tons gross; 281.92 tons net. Built Sacket,s Harbor, N.Y., 1868. Home port, Tonawanda, N.Y. 137.5 x 26.0 x 11.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.06307 Longitude: -86.22839
William R. McNeil
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Elvina (Schooner), U8263, aground, 1 Nov 1878