Schooner ROSA STEARNS, cargo coal on Cleveland Piers; total loss.
Marine Disasters of the Western
Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall.
VIOLENT GALE, AND WRECK OF THE SCHOONER ROSA STEARNS.
We find the following in the Cleveland Plain Dealer of Yesterday:
The severest gale of the season, amounting to a first-class hurricane, swept
over the lake about midnight Wednesday. The steamer LADY FRANKLIN left
for Port Stanley in the fore part of the night, but was compelled to put back, and
one of her officers states that the gale was the hardest he ever was out in, though
it did not last long. The sea ran extraordinarily high, and it is not unlikely that
vessels were driven ashore in various places.
The schooner ROSA STEARNS, of Port Burwell, John Collett, Captain, was
driven upon the stone pier at about 1 o'clock, and within an hour was a total
wreck. The wind blew from the northeast, and the schooner, failing to make the
harbor, was thrown against the east side of the pier, about half way between the
end and the lighthouse. The place where she struck is plainly marked by dents,
the torn planks and the broken chain. When the vessel struck, the crew,
numbering six or seven, all succeeded in jumping to the pier, and a small amount
of baggage was saved. The sailors had hard work to keep from being washed off
the pier, the waves ran so high, and but for the chains on the side every one
would have been carried overboard and drowned. With great difficulty they
slowly crept ashore, but at last every man was safe.
The schooner was not long in being reduced to firewood. It is as complete a
wreck as could be imagined. The remnants were swept along the side of the pier
to the coal dock and did considerable damage, knocking out of place not a few of
the piles and breaking down a portion of the dock.
The ROSA STEARNS was owned by her captain, Mr. Collett, and was a schooner
of about two hundred tons burden. She had been recently rebuilt by Captain
Foster, who only a short time ago traded her for the NEW DOMINION. The ROSA
STEARNS cleared from this port Wednesday afternoon with a hundred and ninety-
four tons of coal, shipped by Barrett & Rhodes for Port Stanley. The vessel an
cargo are a total loss. The schooner was insured in a Boston company for about
half her estimated value. The cargo was fully insured in the Commercial Company
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
Friday, September 8, 1871
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