The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oliver Culver (Schooner), U18891, aground, 3 Dec 1882

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"Well, the old OLIVER CULVER is gone at last," said a captain on Water Street last evening.
      A group of sailors, masters, and owners standing near picked up their ears and instantly became interested.
      " Is that a fact ?" asked one.
      "The whold crew lost, eh ?" queried another.
      "Where did it occur ? Are any of them saved ?" came from a third, and so on.
      Yes, it was true that the old schooner OLIVER CULVER had gone ashore -- and gone to pieces -- of course; but, strange to say, the Captain and the entire crew escaped. The loss of the vessel was not surprising at all, but that the crew should be saved was a most welcome surprise.
      She went on at Two Rivers Point [Twin River Point] late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, and is a total wreck. She was lumber loaded from pensaukee to Chicago, the cargo, as the vessel, being owned by F.B. Gardner, Esq., of Chicago. Captain Edwards, is a young man, but a good navigator, was in command. He and his crew of five men are safe. Whether even any of the cargo will be saved seems, from the dispatches to be doubtful.
      The OLIVER CULVER -- peace to her ashes -- first came out in 1855, and was consequently 27 years old. She measured 304 tons; was built at Charlotte by D. Rogers, and for a number of years was "one of the finest clippers on the lakes." That was some time ago. She had earned lots of money and had paid for herself over and over again. Like a large number of other vessels still on the lakes, she ought to have been dismantled and abandoned years ago. She has endangered the lives of crews far too long. [part]
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, December, 1882
      TOTAL LOSSES, 1882
      [Inter Ocean Casualty List]
Dec. 4. -- Schooner OLIVER CULVER, near Two Rivers. Crew saved.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, December, 1882


      Schooner OLIVER CULVER. U. S. No. 18891. Of 304 gross tons. Built Rochester, N.Y., 1855, by David Rogers. 139.5 x 26. x 11.0 ashore Dec. 3, 1882 Lake Michigan.
      Herman Runge List
Schooner OLIVER CULVER. U. S. No. 18891. Of 304.94 tons. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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Reason: aground
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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Oliver Culver (Schooner), U18891, aground, 3 Dec 1882