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Eli Bates (Schooner), U7236, sunk, 1 Nov 1871

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Schooner ELI BATES, founders in Lake Erie with nine lives; total loss.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      Much anxiety has been felt for the fate of the schooner ELI BATES, of this port. The BATES passed Detroit a week age yesterday, which was the same afternoon on which the DONALDSON and P.C. SHERMAN passed. The DONALDSON arrived here Tuesday night, after a tempestuous passage, and the SHERMAN sunk, as reported, Wednesday, near Long Point. But nothing definate has been heard from the BATES. Capt. Davidson, of the schooner ATWATER, arrived here yesterday and reports that he passed a sunken vessel, ten miles from shore, between Ashtabula and Madison Dock. Her mast heads were some eight feet above water. Captain Davidson owned and sailed the BATES for eight years, and he is confident that this is the missing schooner ELI BATES. Captain Jno. Montgomery, the owner, is also satisfied that this is his vessel. This, it will be observed, agrees exactly with the statement of Capt. McDougall, of the steamer JAPAN. He reported at Detroit, that while coming up Lake Erie, between Conneaut and Ashtabula, he discovered a vessel sunk. Her mastheads were some eight feet out of the water, and her size indicates
that she was about 265 tons burden. The BATES was about 300 tons. It is therefore very probable that the BATES has been lost with all on board, Capt. Mc Ewen commanded and Mr. Collins was mate. Both belonged to this city.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, November 20, 1871

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      THE ELI BATES. - We learn from a despatch to Mr. McEwen, brother of Timothy
McEwen, Captain of the schooner ELI BATES, that a man lashed to a plank has been
washed ashore near Ashtabula, in an insensible condition. The description answers to that of Capt. Timothy, and his brother started last night to see. It is reported that the shipwrecked mariner in his ravings talks a great deal about Lockport, the place where the McEwens were raised. It is quite probable, therefore, that this man is Captain McEwen of the ELI BATES. Should such prove to be the case, there will no longer be a doubt about the fate of that vessel.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, November 21, 1871

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      The Erie Dispatch says the body found floating near the lighthouse there, a few days since has been identified as that of Capt. Timothy McEwen, master and part owner of the schr. ELI BATES, which foundered off Ashtabula during a terrible gale on the 23rd of November. A brother of Capt. McEwen was there on Thursday, and the remains were uncovered, and he identified them by certain India marks on the arm. The body will be suffered to rest where it is in the Erie Cemetery, until Winter, when it will be removed to the home of the family, near Lockport, N.Y.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 28, 1872 3-5

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Lives: 8
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.86505 Longitude: -80.78981
William R. McNeil
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Eli Bates (Schooner), U7236, sunk, 1 Nov 1871