The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Evening News (Detroit, MI), Oct 17, 1886

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Grand Traverse, Mich., Oct. 16. - Particulars have been received here of the wreck of the tow schooner Minuet, which went ashore during the heavy gale on North Fox island. The Minuet had a crew of seven and a female cook named Mary Poule, who belonged to Charlevoix. All hands were forced to take to the rigging by the heavy sea washing over the schooner, which was beached at a point hid from sight of the few people living in the neighborhood. Shortly after dark the cook cried out that she was unable to hold out any longer. One of the men was just about to go to her assistance when the unfortunate woman, uttering a terrible scream, let go her hold and fell into the boiling surge. A moment later the survivors heard a faint cry, but nothing more was seen of the cook.

Some time after the survivors, clinging to one of the masts, saw the other go over the side with a frightful crash. Drenched with spray and shivering with cold the men held on desperately until morning broke, when it was discovered that one of their number, known only as "Scrubby," but believed to hail from Milwaukee, had disappeared, having fallen from the rigging during the night without making any sound. The gale moderated in the morning, and the half-dead sailors were finally rescued by a boat from the fishing station near, and were taken to Glen Haven, where they now are. The Minuet was lumber laden, was under command of Capt. William Smith, and was owned by parties in Manistique.

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North Fox is in northern Lake Michigan about 40 miles east of Petoskey, Michigan, and 42 miles north of Glen Haven.
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Oct 17, 1886
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Evening News (Detroit, MI), Oct 17, 1886