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Grace (Steam yacht), U95264, aground, 12 Oct 1882

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      Hardship and Death.
      [Special Correspondence of the Inter Ocean.]
Whitefish Point , Mich., Oct. 12. -- The GRACE was a small steam yacht running the ferry between the American and Canadian "Sault," but was chartered to tow a scow with pile-driver on from Sault Ste. Marie to Goulais Bay, Canada. This morning about 10 o'clock there arrived here eight men - wet, hungry, and nearly exhausted - and the following is their story:
      "We left Waiska Bay after sundown with ten men on board, and were just rounding Gros Cape when her engine gave way, leaving us to the mercy of the wind and waves. By this time it was blowing a lively gale from the east, and all attempts to repair the engine proved futile, so that we were obliged to spend the whole night on the lake, with such a heavy sea running that we were in fear of being swamped every minute. The scow had been cut loose as soon as the accident occurred, and had reached the beach ahead of us. We struck the beach about five miles from Whitefish Point about 8:30 this morning, and as sea after sea washed over us we prepared to make a last effort to save ourselves and reach the shore, which nine of us did. The life preserver of the tenth man, Robert Holmes by name, had become unfastened, and slipped to the back of his head, kept his face under water so that he drowned. The contractor of the party was the second to reach the shore, and as he did so the first turned to him, and, giving him his hand, said; 'Well, Mr. Stonhouse, we are save once more,' and fell backwards dead."
      The bodies were brought here, and are now awaiting shipment to their homes at Sault Ste. Marie.
The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2. October, 1882

The owner of the GRACE has gone to Whitefish Bay to remove the machinery from the wreck. The scow that was in tow of the GRACE at the time she was sunk, was towed to Whitefish Point and has gone to pieces.
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, October, 1882 #47
GRACE stmr. ashore Whitefish Point 1882. 2 lives lost.
      History of the Great Lakes, Mansfield
      TOTAL LOSSES, 1882
      [Inter Ocean Casualty List]
Oct. 12. -- Steam yacht GRACE, near Whitefish Point. Two lives lost.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, December, 1882

NOTE:- The Inter Ocean Total Loss List for 1882, pasted in Hall's Scrapbook, had been edited by someone, [unknown], who did not agree with the total loss of the GRACE, as indicated by an X beside the entry ?

Steam ship GRACE, U. S. No. 85264. Of 6 gross tons. Built Marquette, Mich., 1873. later steam yacht. Stranded Oct. 12, 1882 at Whitefish Point.
      Herman Runge List

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Lives: 2
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.76947 Longitude: -84.95258
William R. McNeil
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Grace (Steam yacht), U95264, aground, 12 Oct 1882