The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kate Norton (Schooner), sunk, 1 Oct 1863

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From Capt. E. P. Dorr we learn of the supposed total loss by foundering of the schr. KATE NORTON. She was 206 tons burthen, built in 1863 at Milan, owned by Alfred Minnet, of Milan, and loaded and sailed from Toledo last Thursday, bound for Buffalo, and loaded with 10,000 bushels of oats in the hold, and a heavy deck load of black walnut gun stocks. She has not arrived, and from the statements of the two Captains below, there is but little doubt she has foundered with a total loss of vessel, cargo and all hands. We subjoin the Statements of Capt. Andrews and July:
Capt. John L. Andrews, of Detroit, master of the schr. DAN MARBLE, passed through a lot of gun stocks and a boat bottom upwards about 15 or 18 miles above Long Pt., on Sunday morning at 3:00 on Nov. 1. They were spread over a space of 2 or 3 miles long. We thought we saw a vessel's hatches.
Capt. Peter July, master of the brig MAYFLOWER, passed on Sunday, at 4 P.M., 8 miles above Long Pt., and about 8 miles in the lake, a large lot of gun stocks and hatches of a vessel and a lot of stools, and he picked up the provision chest, all of which are supposed to have belonged to the schr. KATE NORTON.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 4, 1863 3-3

MORTON, KATE Schooner, cargo oats and deck load of gun stocks &c. lost with all on board, west of Long Point, L.E.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wed. Jan. 20, 1864

      The schooner KATE NORTON, from Toledo for Buffalo, laden with 10,000 bu oats in hold, and deck load of gun stocks, is supposed to have foundered on the passage, as large quantities of gun stocks were seen afloat on the capes.
      Buffalo daily Courier
      November 5, 1863

WASHED ASHORE. -- The Westfield Republican says: "Several thousand gun stocks were washed ashore, at and below Barcelona, last week, which are supposed to be part of the cargo of a schooner that was recently capsized just below Cleveland, some days since. All on board the schooner are supposed to be lost. A yawl was also washed ashore at Barcelona."
      Buffalo Evening Courier & Republic
      Thursday, November 18, 1863

Schooner KATE NORTON, cargo oats, foundered in a gale. Lost with all hands above Long Point, October 1863. 8 lives. Property loss $20,000
      Casualty List 1858 to 1868
      Compiled by Capt. J.H. Hall

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 8
Hull damage: $10,000
Cargo: $10,000
Freight: oats & gun stocks
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Kate Norton (Schooner), sunk, 1 Oct 1863