The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The Sonsmith Ashore in Heavy Sea.
Daily Inter-Ocean (Chicago, IL), 6 Nov 1900, p. 12, column 3
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The Sonsmith Ashore in Heavy Sea.

ASHTABULA, Ohio, Nov. 5.--While attempting to enter port this afternoon in the heavy sea, the schooner Rosa Sonsmith parted her towline to the tug and drifted ashore about 300 feet from the piers. The crew were taken off the stranded boat by the tug Kunkle Bros. Unless the sea goes down in a short time, the vessel will go to pieces, as she rests on a sand bottom, with many bowlders [sic] cropping up. The Sonsmith was in tow of the steamer T. S. Christie, and was commanded by Captain John Goldsmith. She loaded 1,600 tons of iron ore at Escanaba for M. A. Hanna & Co. The vessel is not insured. She is owned by L. F. Mason of Saginaw, and had a tonnage of 766 gross tons.

the accident occurred about 5 o'clock this afternoon. Under the west gale, which has prevailed all day, the schooner pulled heavily on her towline, which had been given to the tug, and at length parted it.

Before the tug could get another line the boat was in the breakers, about 300 feet from the east pier.

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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.9132273068548 Longitude: -80.7625158410644
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The Sonsmith Ashore in Heavy Sea.