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Jessie Anderson (Schooner), U13775, sunk, 1 Nov 1871

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ANDERSON, JESSIE Schooner, grain, goes down with all hands off Long Point Cut.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

      SCHOONER J. ANDERSON SUNK. - A despatch from Port Colborne, Nov. 27th, says: "The captain of the schooner MELROSE reports that he passed the schooner JESSIE ANDERSON sunk off Long Point. Only twelve feet of her masts are out of water. The MELROSE took off the ANDERSON's colors."
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 27, 1871

      LOSS OF THE SCHOONER JESSIE ANDERSON. - A dispatch from Captain Lohr, of the schooner Melrose, was received yesterday morning, dated Port Colborne, which announces the loss of the schooner Jesse Anderson, off Long Point Cut. It is greatly feared that her crew have all perished, as nothing is known of their safety. The Anderson took on 14,000 bushels of wheat at this port for Oswego, and was towed to lake Erie on the 22d inst. The schooner Melrose, which also loaded grain at this port for the same destination, left the river the day following the Anderson, and while passing the Cut recognized the masts of the Anderson above water. If the crew of the Anderson had been saved by the yawl they would ahve reached Port Rowan, close at hand, in two hour's time, and if rescued by steamer a dispatch to that effect would have reached here. The Anderson is owned in this city by Messrs. M. & J. Ryan, the junior member of the the firm being on board and master. The vessel was built in Sandusky in 1861, and was 252 tons burden. She was insured for $8,000, but in what companies we are not informed. The cause of the disaster was doubtless that of a collision or of suddenly springing a leak. Of the crew the name of William Brown, a Dane, is given as first mate. The stewardess, it is stated, was Emily J. Philips, a married woman, formerly of Antwerp, New York. The names of the others of the crew are presently unknown.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 28, 1871, p.4

THE ANDERSON. - The schooner Melrose, which took the colors off the Jessie Anderson, has arrived here. She reports the Anderson sunk fifteen miles out in the lake. Her colors were not set, and only her pennant was flying, indicating that she went down suddenly. It is believed that she was swamped and borne suddenly down by an overwhelming sea, giving the men no chance to escape. - [Oswego Press.
      Detroit Free Press
      December 9 , 1871, p.4

      The immediate whereabout of the schr. JESSIE ANDERSON, which went down on Lake Erie with the loss of all her hands, was discovered by the officers of the tug WM. MOORE, on the upward passage from Buffalo. The vessel lies south southeast of the Long Pt. Cut, distance 10 miles, in 52 ft. of water. her cargo was grain, and ere this may be presumed that she is pretty effectually used up and not worth recovery.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      April 8, 1872 p.3 c.3

DISCOVERY OF A LOST VESSEL. - The immediate whereabouts of the schooner Jessie Anderson, which went down in Lake Erie with the loss of all hands, was discovered by the (word or words obscured) tug W. A. Moore, on the upward passage from Buffalo. The Anderson lies south south east of Long Point Cut, distant ten miles, (word or words obscured) feet water. Her cargo was grain, and (word or words obscured) it may be premised that she is pretty well used up and not worth recovery.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 2, 1873, p.4 (partially obscured)

ANDERSON, JESSIE Schooner of 210 tons, owned at Detroit by M.& J. Ryan. Bound from Detroit to Oswego in November 1871 vessel foundered off Long Point Cut with the loss of eight lives. Vessel a total loss. Loss to Vessel $11,500 Insurance on Vessel $ 8,000. Loss to cargo $13,000 Insurance on cargo $8,500
      Casualties of the Great Lakes 1863 to 1873
      Report of the United States Coast Guard

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Schooner JESSIE ANDERSON. U. S. No. 13775. Of 209.77 tons. Home port, Toledo, Ohio..
      Merchant Vessel Lits, U. S., 1869

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    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
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Jessie Anderson (Schooner), U13775, sunk, 1 Nov 1871