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C. N. Johnson (Schooner), U4547, sunk, 17 Oct 1895

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The schooner Barge C.N. JOHNSON is sunk in 30 feet of water at Bar Point.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, October 18, 1895

Schooner C.N. JOHNSON. Foundered October 16, 1895. Value of loss $6,000
      Lake Disasters of 1895 [ Total Losses]
      Door County Advocate
      Saturday, January 11, 1896

Schooner C.N. JOHNSON. U. S. No. 4547. Of 288.24 tons gross; 273.83 tons net. Built at Buffalo, N.Y., in 1856, Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 138.5 x 26.2 x 10.6
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895

The ancient schooner C. N. JOHNSON, coal laden, bound from Buffalo to Toledo, in tow of the steamer OSCODA, sank near Amherstburg yesterday morning. The Johnson sprung a leak at 1 o’clock just abreast of Point Pelee and water gained so fast that the OSCODA started for the river. She had almost reached her destination when the JOHNSON went down in shoal water. An attempt will be made to float her with steam pumps, when she will be taken to Toledo.
Amherstburg, October 16. – While the captain of the Johnson was here for a steam pump, his schooner slipped off the bank nearly opposite Bois Blanc light, where he had made her fast with three anchors, and sank in twenty-one feet of water. Nothing can now be seen of the wreck but the spars, the upper works having been washed away. The boat is considered a total loss. The JOHNSON was built at Buffalo by Bidwell & Banta in 1856, and was owned by Holland, of Marine City. She has long since passed out of the insurance list.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 17, 1895

Amherstberg, October 17. – Charles Holland, of Marine City, owner of the sunken schooner C. N. JOHNSON, has arranged for a sandsucker to pump the hard coal out of her hold. If the boat is then not worth raising he will blow the wreck up, as an obstruction to navigation. The total loss will fall on the owners of the vessel, as they carried their own insurance and also assumed the risk on the cargo.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 17, 1895

      The JOHNSON Badly Damaged
The wreck of the schooner C. N. Johnson was brought here to-day and the remainder of the coal cargo is being unloaded on a dock, whose owners have purchased the coal. The hull of the Johnson is badly damaged.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 29, 1895

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C. N. Johnson (Schooner), U4547, sunk, 17 Oct 1895