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N. P. Goodell (Schooner), U18468, ashore, 28 Nov 1891

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The steambarge OSWEGATCHIE foundered off Sturgeon Point on Thursday. The crew were rescued and taken to Alpena. The barge GOODELL, one of her consorts, is missing. They were lumber laden.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, November 27, 1891
Monday night during a heavy gale, the GOODELL became seperated from the OSWEGATCHIE and drifted ashore near Thunder Bay. The crew abandoned her on Wednesday in an open boat. The drifted for four days without oars or food and arrived at Bayfield, 35 miles from Point Edward. All are badly frostbitten.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, December 1, 1891

      Bayfield, Dec. 3. -- No more thrilling story of shipwreck and miraculous salvation has ever been told in connection with the lake marine than that which the five survivors of the schooner GOODELL repeated to excited hearers on there last night after a stormy journey of four days in an open boat across Lake Huron. Capt. Jacques says that they abandoned the schooner on Wednesday last, the entire crew of four man and a woman cook getting into one boat. They shipped without food and with only one pair of oars, which were soon broken, leaving the crew to the mercy of the storm. On reaching here they were nearly famished with hunger and were so badly frost-bitten that their garments could not be removed without causing then severe pain.
      The story of the ride of over 100 miles across the stormy surface of Lake Huron is one which no language can describe. From the moment the GOODELL was abandoned until their boat struck the beach a half mile from Bayfield they were every moment in danger of being swamped. The water continually washed over the boat, and but for the continued and unremitting necessity of bailing out the boat the five people must surely have frozen to death so piercing cold were the winter blasts that struck them.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Thursday, December 3, 1891


Schooner N.P. GOODELL. U. S. No. 18468. Of 224.06 tons gross; 212.86 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1864. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 119.0 x 25.0 x 10.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891
NOTE:-- N.P. GOODELL was built 1854 NOT 1864.

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Reason: ashore
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.00001 Longitude: -83.39997
William R. McNeil
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N. P. Goodell (Schooner), U18468, ashore, 28 Nov 1891