Margaret A. Muir (1867)
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Service History

The wooden three masted schooner Margaret A. Muir was built in 1867 by Jasper Hanson and Scove shipyard in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The official registry number was 90459. The vessel was rated A1 in 1874 and valued at $20,000 by the Board of Lake Underwriters. At the time of loss the vessel was valued at $6,000 and insured for $4,000.

Nov 1875: Collided with the Senator Blood on Lake Erie near Point au Pelee.

May 1880: Dismasted on Lake Huron.

October 1889: Collided with the steambarge Emma Thompson on the Chicago River.

October 1889: Lost jibboom, 3 jibs, fore mast and main topmast in a storm on Lake Huron.

Last Document Of Enrollment Surrendered: Chicago: 10/3/1893: "Vessel Lost".
Final Voyage

While enroute from Bay City to Chicago with a cargo of barreled salt, the crew of the three masted schooner Margaret A Muir noticed their vessel settling in the water at about 7:30 on the morning of 9/30/1893, as they attempted to bring the Muir into stays. The seven man abandoned the schooner in their yawl. Sunday morning the captain of the tug Goldsmith reported that the main mast of the Muir was still standing about ten feet above the lake's surface. Wreckage from the Muir including her cabins, hatches, and portions of her deck was reported to have been washed ashore. Specifically, the Door County Advocate 7/21/1894 reported the U.S. tug Lorena removing and disposing of a portion of the wreckage, probably a portion of the hull.
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