The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Elizabeth A. Nicholson (Schooner), U8853, aground, 1 Jul 1883

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      Cargo Jettisoned And Released.
At an early hour yesterday morning Manager Higgie, of the V. O. T. Line, received a dispatch from Captain Lusk, of the large schooner E.A. NICHOLSON, announcing that the vessel was ashore one mile north of Winnetka, and asking that two tugs and a heavy hawser be sent immediately. The tug PROTECTION left the harbor for the scene at 7 o'clock, and the UNION followed an hour later, taking the hawser with her. The NICHOLSON, with a cargo of 1,400 tons of coal, had gone ashore in the thick weather during the night. The tugs worked at her for several hours, and after jettisoning about 400 tons of coal, succeeded in pulling her into deep water. It is not though that she is at all damaged. The tug bills and the value of the coal thrown overboard will amount to a considerable item, but the vessel herself, as stated, is not thought to have sustained damage.
      The NICHOLSON measures 721 tons, and is valued at $30,000. She is insured. Whether the cargo is insured is not known. The tugs brought the vessel into the harbor at 6 o'clock last evening, and towed her to her dock.
      J.W. hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, July 1883

      Schooner ELIZABETH A. NICHOLSON. U. S. No. 8853. Of 721.70 tons gross; 685.62 tons net. Built at Port Huron, Mich., in 1872. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 188.0 x 33.0 x 14.3
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.10808 Longitude: -87.7359
William R. McNeil
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Elizabeth A. Nicholson (Schooner), U8853, aground, 1 Jul 1883