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George E. Irving (Schooner), aground, 9 Nov 1901

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      Fred and Olan Cook of Schooner GEORGE IRVING Victims of Saturday's Gale.
Detroit, Mich., Nov. 10. -- The crew of the Detroit and Cleveland Line steamer CITY OF MACKINAC was able to save two of the crew of the schooner GEORGE E. IRVING, they were Fred and Olan Cook, and they live in West Bay City, they constituted the entire crew of the IRVING, which waterlogged on Saginaw Bay in the heavy gale of last night.
      The IRVING was loaded with cedar from Alpena to Marine city. Capt. Fred Cook who was master of the little craft, underestimated the force of the northwest gale and attempted to cross Saginaw Bay last night. The schooner sprung a leak and soon filled. The brothers were driven to seek refuge on top of the cabin, and the seas constantly swept over them. They had managed to throw some of the cargo overboard and secured blankets to cover themselves with. These were water-soaked and the freezing winds cut through their drenched clothing and they were soon numb.
      About 5:30 o'clock this morning the vessel was sighted by Capt. Slyfield of the MACKINAC when fourteen miles northwest of Point Aux Barques. The passenger steamer was brought alongside, and with difficulty the men were taken on board, as they were exhausted and barely able to help themselves. They were landed at Harbor Beach, and the schooner left to drift about the Bay. The hull constitutes a dangerous derelict, but it is thought will be blown ashore in a day or two. The IRVING was built in 18655 and was owned by John Blair of Bay City. The tonnage measurement was only seventy-three gross tons.
      Marine record
      November 12, 1901

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: cedar logs
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.75002 Longitude: -83.66664
William R. McNeil
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George E. Irving (Schooner), aground, 9 Nov 1901