The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Persia (Schooner), U19672, aground, 1 Oct 1878

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Grand Haven, Mich., Oct. 29. -- The wind began blowing hard from the Southwest last evening, at about 7 o'clock, increasing to a respectable gale at about 9. The following is the result at this harbor: The schooners H. D. MOORE and PRESTO high and dry on the beach north of the piers, and the PERSIA south of the piers. The PRESTO swung against the north pier, and while in that position the scow SEABIRD, in attempting to enter, drifted into her, carrying away all her headgear and sails. The SEABIRD managed to get inside, but her foresail is not all in one piece. The PRESTO swung the wrong way and went on the beach, being damaged to the extent of $500. The vessels on the beach, aside from the PRESTO, have sustained no damage so far.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Wednesday, October 30, 1878

One of the owners of the schooner PERSIA, ashore at Grand Haven, was in Chicago yesterday endeavoring to obtain a tug and pump. Some of the newspapers have reported the PERSIA gone to pieces, but this gentleman states that she is still in fair condition. Her cargo has all been taken out of her.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Thursday, November 7, 1878

      Manitowoc, Wis., Nov. 19 -- The underwriters and the owners of the schooner LAKE FOREST have failed to agree on the amount of the vessel's damage. The owner will allow her to sink, and resort to legal proceedings.
      The MONTPELIER and PERSIA have been abandoned after faithful efforts to effect their removal.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Wednesday, November 20, 1878

Grand Haven, November 19. -- The bar at this place has been dredged to a depth of 14 feet water, and the tug NIAGARA will remove all the deposit, leaving 14½ feet. All the vessels that went ashore during the late gales have been got off, except the PERSIA and MONTPELIER, which have been abandoned.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Wednesday, November 20, 1878

Racine, Wis., Nov. 7. -- In a letter to his wife, Captain Samuel Martin, master and owner of the schooner CHRISTINE MICHELSON, announced that his vessel stranded on October 30, fifteen miles below Escanaba and became a total wreck. The crew of five barely escaped. The MICHELSON was bound from Escanaba to Milwaukee with a cargo of 200,000 feet of lumber, most of which will be recovered. Capt. Martin and his crew are at last accounts engaged in recovering the outfit of the wrecked craft.
      Capt. Martin's experience on the lakes has been a disastrous one. He was mate of the schooner RAINBOW, when she went ashore in 1893, and in the last nine years he has lost the schooner PERSIA, scows LAURINA and SILVER LAKE and the schooner MICHELSON. He mortgaged his homestead to buy the last named vessel.
      The CHRISTINE MICHELSON was built at White Lake, Mich., in 1867, and had a gross measurement of 137 tons.
      Marine Record
      November 7, 1901
RIG: Schooner
LOA: 95.5
BEAM: 21.0
DEPTH: 6.8
GROSS: 96.69 (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880-81;
1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
NET: 91.86 (1884; 1885
CITY: Chicago
HOME PORT: Chicago, IL (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880-
81; 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
YEARS LISTED: Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880-81; 1882; 1883;
1884; 1885

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.06307 Longitude: -86.22839
William R. McNeil
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Persia (Schooner), U19672, aground, 1 Oct 1878