The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Off Kenosha
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 15 May 1895

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Schooner Kate Kelly and Steamer Petoskey Supposed to be in Trouble

Kenosha, Wis., May 14. - The fishing tug Engel picked up a portion of the schooner Kate Kelly, bearing the vessel's name, also a yawl boat and pail marked steamer Petoskey. Tugs are scouring the lakes for the wrecks.

Chicago, May 14. - Late this afternoon word was received here that a vessel was wrecked off Kenosha. The tug Helm was started from here to give assistance.

Kenosha, Wis., May 14. - The schooner Kate Kelly is believed to have been lost, with her entire crew, in the great storm of yesterday. A fishing tug brought in at noon pieces of a yawlboat, pawl-post, cabin, water barrel, pail and tubs, and pieces of the monkey rails forward, upon which was the name Kate Kelly. The tug also brought in 300 hemlock railroad ties. The Kelly was bound from Alpena to Chicago for the Ed. E. Ayer Co., and was somewhere off this shore when the storm burst yesterday morning. The wreckage would clearly indicate that the boat could not have survived the storm. The lost schooner was owned and commanded by Harvey J. Hatch, of Chicago. Capt. Hatch was an old-time salt-water navigator. A number of years ago he took the schooner Mary L. Higgie to Europe and was for three years engaged in sailing between European ports, transporting in one voyage many French troops to Africa. He finally brought the schooner safely back to Chicago with a cargo of salt from Spain. Two years ago Capt. Hatch took the whaleback steamers destined for the Pacific coast down the St. Lawrence river and sailed them to Liverpool. He was vice-president of the Shipmaster's Association in Chicago. The Kelly carried a crew of six men besides the captain.

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15 May 1895
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 42.585751114854 Longitude: -87.6330491308594
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