Hercules (1854)
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The wooden two masted scow-schooner Hercules was built in 1854 by Joseph Jenkins at Detroit, Michigan. The vessel was valued at $2,000 and rated for insurance as B2 in 1861 and in 1874 she was valued at $1,500 and rated C1. Her official registry number was 11853.

November 1854: The Hercules was ashore at Ashtabula, Ohio, Lake Erie. She was pulled off by U.S.S. Michiganand taken to Cleveland for repairs. Property loss was $300.

October 1867: Ashore on Gull island Reef, Lake Erie.

April 1876: Sunk near Grimm's Pier and repaired at Manitwoc, Wisconsin.

October 1882; Ashore three miles north of Sheboygan. Released by the tug Arctic and the lifesaving crew a week later. Towed to Manitowoc for repairs.

October 1883: Ashore Port Colburne and repaired at R. Mills Yard in Buffalo, New York.

Last Document Surrendered: Grand Haven, Michigan: 11/14/1887: "vessel Lost".
Final Voyage

July 14, 1886: "The Hercules Wrecked... During the gale of Wednesday, the scow Hercules, with a cargo of bark from Charlevoix for Milwaukee, waterlogged and capsized a mile and a half northeast of Sheboygan. Her crew was taken off by the tug Sheboygan, which was alongside when the vessel capsized. The life-saving crew (Sheboygan Station Eleventh District) went to her, and the tugs Sheboygan and Minnie Clark towed her to the beach at South Point. It is thought that the vessel and a good part of the cargo will be a total loss. The Hercules measured 90 tons, was built in 1854 and owned by Fox and Avery of Charlevoix." Milwaukee Sentinel 7/16/1886.

"The abandoned schooner was driven on the beach some four miles to the southwest and soon broke up. The life-savers, however, the next day (15th) pulled to the wreck and managed to save some of the sails and rigging which they temporarily took charge of for the owner."
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