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Escanaba (Schooner), storm damage, 5 Dec 1872

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VESSELS LOST ON LAKE SUPERIOR-- TWO BARGES AND TWO SCHOONERS GO WOWN WITH ALL ON BOARD. -- The Detroit Tribune has a dispatch dated Marquette, December 5. -- The propeller CHINA returned to that port from the south Wednesday evening, Mud Lake was closed on the 17th and nothing has passed down since. Thirteen propellers and a number of vessels are frozen in on the river and above the canal. The barge JUPITER and SATURN were lost near Whitefish Point on the morning of the 27th with all on board. The CHINA saw their masts out of water 5 and fifteen miles above the point. The GENERAL DIX is all right at the Sault. The schooner MIDDLESEX went ashore near Pointe Aux Pins but her crew were saved. The St. PAUL and ATLANTIC are at Sailor's Encampment. The schooner W.O. BROWN was loaded with grain from Duluth and the schooner C.C. GRISWOLD with ore from Marquette are supposed to have been lost with all on board. The schooners, ESCANABA, EXILE, GOLDEN RULE, and CAMBRIDGE and the barque HEMISPHERE on Wiaska Bay were all in the same storm and lost most all their canvas. The CHINA brought to Marquette 400 men. The barges SATURN and JUPITER were owned by Capt. E.B. Ward of Detroit and were loaded with iron ore, 840 tons all together were bound from Marquette to Wyandotte in tow of the steam tug GENERAL DIX. They left Marquette at three p.m. on Tuesday previous to the disaster. The JUPITER was commanded by Capt. Peter Howard of Detroit. He leaves a wife and children. The names of the balance of the crew, are not known. The SATURN was commanded by a man from Amherstburg and his name is unknown, he having shipped recently. The balance of the crew consisted of Harvey Cusher, of Defiance, O.; William langendorff who was accompanied by his wife, of Toledo, O.; George Archer, residence unknown; and two other men known only as James and Philip. There was no insurance on the barges, but the cargo was insured.
      Port Huron Times
      December 12, 1872

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.42169 Longitude: -84.58533
William R. McNeil
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Escanaba (Schooner), storm damage, 5 Dec 1872