Table of Contents
  • Lumber Hooker
  • 70ffw 23m
  • 164ft Length
  • Lake Erie
  • 41 43.636     82 17.370

Chronological History #

  • 1882, Jun 2 Enrolled Grand Haven, MI; owned Horace & Marshall Butters et al, Manistee, MI.
  • 1883, Sep Collision & subsequent sinking of canalboat FRIENDSHIP; cargo corn, Chicago harbor.
  • 1898, Dec 9 Owned Horace & Marshall Butters, Ludington, MI.
  • 1900 Traveled 142,000 miles during past 6 seasons; 23,000 miles between Apr 18 – Dec 24, 1900.
  • 1900-01 Rebuilt at Rieboldt & Walters Shipyard, Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • 1902, Apr 23 Owners Horace & Marshall Butters, & Robert Reid, Ludington.
  • 1903, Jan 16 New compound steeple engine, 18″ & 40″ x 30″; also patent anchors & other improvements.
  • 1903, May 4 Owned Ludington Transportation Co., Michigan City, IN.
  • 1904 Damaged by Chicago bridge closing on it.
  • 1915, Jan 4 Owned Stearns Salt & Lumber Co., Ludington, MI.

Selection of News Articles for more #

BUTTERS, MARSHALL F. Steam propeller, Official U. S. Number 91408, built 1882, of 376 Gross Tons. On Oct. 20, 1916, 13 persons aboard a vessel foundered in Lake Erie. No lives were lost but the vessel was classed as a total loss. 
      Loss of American Vessels Reported During 1917 
      Merchant Vessel List of the U. S. for 1917 

      Cleveland, O., Oct. 20. – The steamer MARSHALL BUTTERS, laden with lumber, foundered in Lake Erie this afternoon during a heavy gale, on the Southeast Shoal near the mouth of the Detroit River. 
      Three members of the crew were rescued by the steamer BILLINGS and brought here. The other twelve members of the crew are believed to have been rescued by the steamer HARTWELL, which is bound for Ashtabula. 
      Buffalo Daily Courier 
      October 21, 1916 

      No further tidings of the wreck of the MERIDA were received here yesterday, and according to a dispatch from Cleveland the mast discovered in the vicinity of Southeast Shoal by the Government cutter MORRELL was not that of the MERIDA, but of the wrecked steamer BUTTERS. [part] 
      Buffalo Daily Courier 
      October 27, 1916 

Steam screw MARSHALL F. BUTTERS. U. S. No. 91408. Of 376.39 tons gross; 229.19 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1882. Home port, Ludington, Mich. 164.0 x 30.0 x 10.0 of 275 Nominal horse-power. 
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885 

1916, Oct 20 Foundered, Lake Erie

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