The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Mary Nau (Schooner), U16647, aground, 28 Oct 1883

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Grand Haven, Mich., Oct. 30. -- The schooner MARY NAU, of Chicago, carrying lumber from Whitehall, Mich., to Chicago, Captain Charles Brown in charge, was driven ashore here last night in the gale, and is going to pieces on the beach, and will undoubtedly be a total wreck. The crew of six men, including the captain, were saved from watery graves by our valiant life-saving crew.
      The MARY NAU measured 136 tons. She was built at Green Bay by Sorrenson in 1864 and was owned by Kneedson, of Chicago. The Grand Haven life-saving crew are making an excellent record for themselves.
      J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, October, 1883

The schooner MARY NAU of Chicago loaded with lumber from Whitehall, went ashore just south of the pier at Grand Haven during the gale Monday night. The Life saving crew took off the sailors. She will go to pieces soon.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, October 31, 1883
Schooner MARY NAU.* U. S. No. 16647. Of 136.00 tons gross; 129.20 tons net. Built Fort Howard, Wis., 1864. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: aground
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Freight: lumber
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.06307 Longitude: -86.22839
William R. McNeil
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Mary Nau (Schooner), U16647, aground, 28 Oct 1883