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Granada (Schooner), U10543, sunk, 1 Oct 1880

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      Statement of a survivor.
Muskegon, Mich., Oct. 18. -- William Bissell, mate, and Angus Linklater, brother of the captain of the GRANADA, were the only survivors of the wreck. Linklater's report is as follows:
      "The vessel left for Chicago Friday night under a strong breeze. Shortly after the steering apparatus gave way and we were left to the mercy of the waves. The storm grew more and more severe and each moment we expected to be thrown into eternity. Saturday noon the steward and a sailor died from exposure, and I myself prayed to God that I myself might be struck dead with one of the masts. At noon Sunday we saw land, and at once began to make rafts. Soon after I discovered a sailor being crushed to pieces where the vessel had parted, for she was fast going to pieces. He cried, "For God's sake, move me." T did, and wrapped hin in canvas. The Captain and I made a raft and started for shore. Soon after it parted and the Captain went down. He came up and I seized him, but he was again washed off. I never saw him again. In pulling him up I crushed my hand against the lumber. I hunk on till washed off, then swam, and was picked up near shore and kindly cared for. Wm. Bissell started for the shore, was several times washed from the raft, but fought bravely. He could hardly walk when he got there. His first words were, "For god's sake, get a line to them poor fellows." The other sailors perished. There is not a vestige of the schooner left."
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, October,1880

      Capt. Simonson, of the schooner ACTIVE, on arrival in Milwaukee Monday morning reported that while off Muskegon eight or ten miles, he sighted a dead body floating on the water. The body was picked up, and, much to Capt. Simonson's surprise, it proved to be the body of Carl Claason, his brother-in-law, who was lost on the GRENADA.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 28, 1880

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 4
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.23418 Longitude: -86.24839
William R. McNeil
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Granada (Schooner), U10543, sunk, 1 Oct 1880