Hustler (1893)
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"While en route to Menominee from Pestigo with a cargo of fish, the gas schooner Hustler exploded about 9 am, blowing out the deck, one side of the cabin and catching fire. After fighting the fire for about an hour with no effect, the crew began efforts to abandon the vessel. However, while launching the Hustler's yawl, the two man crew lost the oars. Not wanting to face the strong northwest winds and high seas in a powerless small boat, the crew remained on board until 11:30 in the morning, when they had to abandon the schooner. Fortunately, they were picked up by a fish boat within minutes after leaving the burning vessel." Last Document Surrendered 11/9/1912, " vessel destroyed by fire".
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