Grosse Point, IL Schooner MARY D. AYER Wrecked, May 1896

FIVE OF THE CREW SANK.

SCHOONER MARY D. AYER WRECKED IN COLLISION.

Chicago, May 17. -- The schooner Mary D. Ayer was sunk in collision with the steamer Onokee in Lake Michigan, off Grosse Point, early this morning, and five members of her crew were drowned.
Those lost were:
Capt. WILLIAMS.
CHARLES MATHER, mate.
CHARLES SHIRES, seaman.
TOM JONES, seaman.
FITZ, cook.
All were from Chicago. After the accident the Ayer drifted down the lake with her bows stove in and was picked up by the steamer City of Duluth. Shortly after being taken in tow she sank, and only two of her crew of seven were able to escape.

St. Paul Globe Minnesota 1896-05-18