The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William McGregor (Schooner), U80656, gale damage, 20 Oct 1905

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October 20, 1905, is a date to be remembered by all those whose callings bring them in contact with Michigan waters. The seas were running high, and the wind blowing a gale. At 7:30 in the morning the lookout at the Tawas station reported a vessel flying signals of distress. The crew launched a surfboat and set out for her, finding her to be the schooner WILLIAM McGREGOR. Her pumps were disabled and at the time the lifesavers arrived there was four feet of water in her hold. The surfmen repaired her pumps, pumped her dry, and she proceeded on her way.
      On the same day, the steamer William R. Linn sent out signals of distress, and when the men from Thunder Bay Island went out to her, it was found that she had lost her consort in a gale. The crew of the station returned to shore with dispatches for her owners, which were at once forwarded.
      Detroit Free Press [flashback]
      May 12, 1907

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Reason: gale damage
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.26946 Longitude: -83.5147
William R. McNeil
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William McGregor (Schooner), U80656, gale damage, 20 Oct 1905