Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Caledonia (Schooner), U4384, aground, 27 Nov 1901
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The little schooner CALEDONIA, of Racine, loaded with slabs and Christmas trees, is ashore at Glen Haven, Mich, and will be a total loss. It is supposed that the crew left the vessel Monday night in the yawl, as the captain of the steamer PINE LAKE, who arrived at Glen Haven yesterday morning from South Manitou Island, reports having seen three men in a yawl rowing in from mid-lake. They went aboard the schooner BURTON. As there is no yawl now with the wreck this version is thought to be correct.
      Marine Record
      November 27, 1901

The little schooner CALEDONIA of Racine loaded with slabs and Christmas trees is ashore at Glen Haven and will probably be a total wreck. The crew left the vessel in the small boat.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, November 27, 1901
      The crew of three men of the schooner CALEDONIA, which went down off Glen Haven, Mich., Monday morning, arrived here early yesterday morning on the LOMIE A. BURTON, which found the men floating about the lake in a small boat a few hours after the disaster. The three men were Hans Peterson, captain and owner of the schooner; Nels Anderson and Michael Michaelson, all residents of Kenosha.
      The rescue of the three men was fortunate, as after their boat had gone down, they were passed by three other vessels that failed to sight them, and were fast succumbing to the cold when the BURTON came along.
      The CALEDONIA left Boyne City Sunday evening with 600 bushels of potatoes in the hold and Christmas trees and slabs on deck. After casting from the tug that pulled them out into the lake, the crew found the boat leaking, with a cold and stiff northeast wind blowing, and attempted to make the harbor again. In this they were unsuccessful, however, and at about 4 o'clock in the morning the boat began to go down. The crew of three cast off in a light yawl and it was several hours later, when their clothes had become frozen to the bottom of the yawl, that the BURTON came along and picked them up. Peterson, who owned the CALEDONIA, said he did not mind the loss of the boat and cargo, which were worth about $1,000, as the lives of himself and his companions had been saved.
      He recently purchased the boat with money sent him by his father.
      Duluth News Tribune
      November 28, 1901
RIG: Schooner
LOA: 66.0
BEAM: 18.0
DEPTH: 7.0
GROSS: 54.17 (Pre-list;1869;1870;1871;1872;1873;1875;1876;1877;1878;1879;1880;1880-81;1882;1883;1884;1885
NET: 51.47 (1885
HOME PORT: Detroit, MI (Pre-list; 1869); South Haven, MI (1870; 1871; 1872; 1873); Chicago, IL (1875);
Racine, WI (1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-.81; 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
YEARS LISTED: Pre-list1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81;1882;1883; 1884; 1885
NOTES: Built in Saugeen, Ontario, Canada.
      Mvus to 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: Christmas trees
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.90194 Longitude: -86.02759
William R. McNeil
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Caledonia (Schooner), U4384, aground, 27 Nov 1901