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The schooner J. Hazard Hartzell ran aground near Frankfurt, Michigan in the same October 1880 storm that claimed the Alpena (see Wreck of the Alpena). The ship’s cook, Lydia Dale, climbed with the crew into the rigging (“the trees”) to await rescue from shore. The rescue team sent out the life car- a metal capsule pulled on a line to the ship. Lydia, however, refused to be placed into it because “it too closely resembled a coffin.” When the ship’s captain arrived on land with the last haul of the life car, he stated that Lydia had lost consciousness and died. Overnight the mast toppled and Lydia was nowhere to be found. Days later her body washed ashore and the coroner concluded that she had drowned- indicating that she must have been alive while alone on the mast in the night.

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