The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
C. Michelson (Schooner), U5531, aground, 30 Oct 1901

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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
Word was received at Saginaw on Thursday of the stranding of the schooner C. MICHELSON 15 miles below Escanaba in the gale of Oct, 30. Cargo and boat will be total losses. The crew of 6 reached shore safely.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, November 8, 1901
Schooner C. MICHELSON. U. S. No. 5531. Of 137 tons gross; 130 tons net. Built White Lake, Mich., 1867. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 102.3 x 25.1 x 7.9
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.74525 Longitude: -87.06458
William R. McNeil
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C. Michelson (Schooner), U5531, aground, 30 Oct 1901