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Hattie A. Estelle (Schooner), U90461, aground, 17 Nov 1891

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      Grand Rapids, Mich., Nov.18. -- A special from Manistee, Mich., says the schooner HATTIE A. ESTELLE from Chicago to Buffalo with a cargo of wheat, while tying to run into harbor here, struck the bar just outside the piers. The crew took to the rigging and four were rescued by a line thrown by the Life-saving crew. The cook and one sailor were drowned. The captain is still lashed to the rigging, supposed to be dead. Heavy seas are breaking over the vessel.
      LATER. -- The schooner HATTIE ESTELLE of Chicago was bound for Buffalo with a cargo of 20,000 bushels of wheat. James Stone, a sailor, leaped on to the pier and escaped. The life-saving crew rescued sailors Christian Wye; T. Sevenson, and James Miller. The woman cook, named Annie, from Buffalo, was drowned in the cabin. Capt. Estelle clung the mizzen rigging for several hours and then was washed overboard and lost. Albert Davis, of Port Hope, a sailor, had a leg broken and was lost. The vessel was owned by Captain Estelle and is going to pieces. The HATTIE ESTELLE was built at Manitowoc in 1872. She was of 295 tons register. Valued at about $6,000 and rated A 2½ in Inland Lloyds.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Wednesday, November 18, 1891

      Capt. Estelle of Chicago lost his life with two others of a crew of seven on his schooner HATTIE ESTELLE, at Manistee on Tuesday. The boat, laden with wheat from Chicago, was dashed against Manistee piers and is a total loss. The boat rated A2, was valued at $5,500 and registered 295 tons.
      The Marine Review
      November 19, 1891


      Remarkable Record of the HATTIE ESTELLE.
The schooner HATTIE ESTELLE, Which was wrecked with the loss of three lives at Manistee, Mich., Tuesday night, has a remarkable record. The vessel was built in 1873 by Capt. J. L. Higgie, who gave her the name of MARY L. HIGGIE, after his little daughter. Shortly after she was in commission she took a load of deals from Green Bay to England, returning with a cargo of coal for Quebec. After discharging her cargo she left Quebec for Cape Town, Africa, with a load of deals. Leaving there she went to Natal during the African war, and brought back to Capt. Town a boat load of prisoners. She then went to Natal and brought a cargo of wool to Quebec. Her next trip was to Toulon, France, and Cadiz, Spain. At the latter port she took on a cargo of salt and brought it to Chicago, which was sold for $11:50 a ton Capt. Hatch, now master of the McDougall whaleback boat, which is making a cruise in the Pacific Ocean, commanded her, and he never had an accident of any kind. Capt. Higgie sold her to Capt. Estelle three years ago for $8,000. The captain renaming her after his wife, Hattie Estelle. -- Cleveland Leader.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, November 20, 1891

A number of the canal schooners that are thinning out with the gales of each succeeding fall on the lakes, have seen service in different parts of the world. The schooner ESTELLE, which went to pieces at Manistee a few days ago with a loss of three lives, was built in 1873 by Capt. J. L. Higgie, now of Chicago, and had made several ocean voyages from Chicago.
      The Marine Review
      November 26, 1891

Schooner HATTIE A. ESTELLE.* U. S. No. 90461. Of 310.57 tons gross; 295.05. Built Manitowoc, Wis., 1872. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 138.0 x 26.3 x 11.2 * Formerly schooner MARY L. HIGGIE
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: aground
Lives: 2
Freight: wheat
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    Latitude: 44.24445 Longitude: -86.32425
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Hattie A. Estelle (Schooner), U90461, aground, 17 Nov 1891