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Tom Simms (Schooner), U24393, aground, 1 Nov 1882

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The schooner TOM SIMS is ashore at Pierpont. She measures 213 tons, was built at Oswego, by Miller & Co., in 1862, rated B 1½ , valued at $5,000, and owned by the Elias King estate, of Chicago.
      Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 24. -- The wrecking tug LEVIATHAN has been telegraphed to go with steam pumps to the schooner TOM SIMS at Pierport. Nothing definate as to the condition of the SIMS could be learned, but it is understood that she is ashore.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, November, 1882

Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 28 -- The schooner TOM SIMS went to pieces in the gale of last thursday at her dock at Pierport. She was made fast, but her lines parted and she was pounded to pieces at once. The crew had a narrow escape. With the exception of Captain Russel and one seaman, the crew arrived here today on the steamer CITY OF LUDINGTON.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, November, 1882
A Milwaukee despatch of Tuesday says: -- The entire crew, six in number, with the exception of the captain and S.J. Russell, owner of the schooner TOM SIMS, wrecked at Pierport, arrived here this morning from Pierport on the propeller CITY OF LUDINGTON. The SIMS was loading hardwood lumber owned by the Hopkins Manufacturing Company, of Bear lake, and consigned to Chicago. When the gale of Thursday last came on all her lines were placed on the dock and made fast to the vessel. She stood the gale for some time, but about 7 p. m. the lines parted, and she was driven on the beach about 500 feet from land. She lies broadside to the pier, head on. The crew had a narrow escape, and as she commenced to go to pieces immediately none of them could save any clothing except what was on their backs. Some of the sailors have no coats or hats. The Captain saved none of the vessel's papers. Her hold was full and there was considerable lumber on her deck when the storm came on, all od which will be lost. Soon after the vessel struck her spars went by the board, and her cabin and upper works were washed off. her deck became loosened, and she became badly logged. The sailors recovered part of her canvas and ropes, which were brought to this port on the LUDINGTON. The Captain remained at Pierport to attempt the recovery of her anchors and chains.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, Nov./ Dec., 1882

      TOTAL LOSSES, 1882
      [Inter Ocean Casualty List]
NOV. 23. - - Schooner TOM SIMS, at Pierport. Crew saved
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, December, 1882

Schooner THOMAS SIMS. U. S. No. 24393. Of 213 tons gross. Built Chicago, Ill., 1861. Wrecked Pierport, Mich., 1882
      Herman Runge List

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.42667 Longitude: -86.24009
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Tom Simms (Schooner), U24393, aground, 1 Nov 1882