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Swan (Schooner), U117056, aground, 1 Sep 1904

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Capt. George Genthner arrived at Chicago yesterday with his wife and daughter and a sailor, comprising the crew of the little schooner SWAN, and reported the loss of that boat early last week, in a gale on Lake Michigan. Capt. Genthner went ashore one day after the boat had been anchored at what was considered a safe spot near Scott's Point, intending to return in the morning. About midnight a heavy gale struck the boat causing her to drag anchors and bring up against an old pier. The two women and the sailor worked all night with pike poles to keep the little boat from pounding to pieces. In the morning fishermen on the shore discovered the boat in its dangerous plight and went to its assistance. The three persons on board the boat were rescued, almost overcome with cold and exposure. The party was later taken on board a passing vessel and taken to Chicago. The swan is a total loss.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 13, 1904
Schooner SWAN. U. S. No. 117056. Of 23 tons gross; 23 tons net. Built St. Joseph, Mich., 1901. Home port, Grand Haven, Mich. 53.8 x 15.0 x 4.4 Crew of 2.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.95888 Longitude: -85.69177
William R. McNeil
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Swan (Schooner), U117056, aground, 1 Sep 1904