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Michigan (Schooner), U91847, sunk, 21 Sep 1893

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Sault Ste. Marie, Sept. 22. -- The schooner MICHIGAN foundered in 30 fathoms of water 30 miles above Point Sable, Lake Superior, at 11 o'clock Thursday night. The crew were saved by the steamer CITY OF MAPLES, which had the lost boat in tow.
      The MAPLES and the MICHIGAN left Marquette Thursday with iron ore for Ashtabula. Heavy weather was encountered soon after leaving port and the MICHIGAN began leaking, every effort to keep her afloat until she could be towed into shallow water where she could be beached being useless. An hour before she went down the crew were taken aboard the steamer.
      The MICHIGAN was formerly a car ferry in Detroit. While being unloaded at Chicago three years ago she broke in two and although repairs were made she has been structurally weak ever since. She was owned by J. G. Gilchrist of Cleveland, was valued at $30,000, and registered 1,227 tons net. She was insured for $15,000.
This is the second boat of the Gilchrist fleet lost this season, the other one being the schooner R. B. HAYES, which foundered off Chicago last April.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, September 22, 1893
      The schooner MICHIGAN foundered in 30 fathoms of water 30 miles above Point Sable, Lake Superior at 11 o'clock Thursday night. The crew were saved by the steamer CITY OF NAPLES which had the lost boat in tow. She was bound from Marquette to Ashtabula withore, She was formerly a car ferry in Detroit and was owned by J.C. Gilchrist, valued at $20,000 and insured for 415,000.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, september 23, 1893
      Schooner MICHIGAN.* U.S. No. 91847. Of 1,290.65 tons gross; 1,227.83 tons net. Built at Walkerville. Ont., in 1873. Home port, Grand haven, Mich. 271.2 x 41.8 x 15.6
      * Formerly British schooner MICHIGAN.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1891
      The barge MICHIGAN which was broke in two while at a coal dock in Chicago Monday morning, was an old Canadian ferryboat at one time and was not a strong craft but the accident is one of the things captains of all long wooden vessels have feared. The MICHIGAN has three steel arches on her sides. The middle one on one side was broken in two and on the other side it was pulled down, her planking was pulled apart and she became as crooked as a rail fence. Who will bear the loss is a question. The captain had warned the coal dock men that by unloading her amidship and leaving the coal at both ends they were endangering the safety of his boat, but whether that renders O.S. Richardson liable or not is in doubt. The insurance companies may hold that they took no risk against any such mishap, and that they are therefore not liable. It is certainly a warning to all captains to see that their orders are regarded by coal unloaders, and to stop work altogether when their vessel is placed in jeopardy.
      Marine Review
      July 30, 1891

      Some exception has been taken to an item about the MICHIGAN breaking in two. Of course there was, as it injured the value of the boat. The next day after the mishap it was represented that the Michigan was going to an elevator to load grain, but she hasn't gone yet, nor will she go until the insurance companies feel assured that her serious damages are so far repaired that she can take a load of grain without risk.
      Marine Review
      August 6, 1891
Schooner barge ALVINA.* Official Canada No. 91847. Of 1290 gross tons. Built at Walkerville, Ont., 1873 by Jenkins. 271.2 x 41.8 x 15.6
      * Renamed MICHIGAN - U. S. - 1884
      Herman Runge List
NOTE:-- below, may be the same MICHIGAN ?
The tug J.L. MINER, with a steam pump, raised the barge MICHIGAN, which had sunk near the waterworks, and yesterday towed her over to the Canada side, where she belongs.
      Detroit Tribune
      July 22, 1886

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: iron ore
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.67219 Longitude: -86.14183
William R. McNeil
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Michigan (Schooner), U91847, sunk, 21 Sep 1893