The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Golden Rule (Schooner), U10153, aground, 26 Sep 1869

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GOLDEN RULE Schooner, cargo ore, ashore at Cleveland; got off.
      Marine Disasters on the Western
      Lakes during 1869, Capt. J.W. Hall

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Intelligence was received here yesterday that the schr. GOLDEN RULE sunk at the Cleveland piers Sunday night (9/26). She is loaded with ore for Cleveland.

Later advice from the schr. GOLDEN RULE which sunk Sunday night while attempting to enter Cleveland harbor, are to the effect that she went down in 2 fathoms of water, and can be raised without much difficulty. The collision with the pier drove the anchors through the bows about half way between the keel and water mark.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 28, 1869 3-4

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The wrecking stm. MAGNET cleared from Detroit for Cleveland, at a late hour Monday night, to render assistance to the schr. GOLDEN RULE.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 30, 1869 3-4

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Private advice from Cleveland state that the schr. GOLDEN RULE has been raised, and is now safe in that port. Her injuries are not serious, as one pump kept her free.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 1, 1869 3-4

SINKING OF THE SCHOONER "GOLDEN RULE" -- A Cleveland paper furnishes the following particulars of the sinking of the schooner GOLDEN RULE :
About 8 o'clock Sunday evening the schooner GOLDEN RULE, Capt. Joseph Holmes, attempted to make this harbor. Just at that time a sudden gale sprang up, and thinking he was about striking the west pier, the captain ordered the helm to be put over to prevent the striking, but the force of the gale drove him past the entrance, when he let go both anchors, and the vessel struck in shallow water and some twenty rods from the new east pier extension. The vessel was driven on to the anchor, knocking a hole on each side a few feet from the bows, when she immediately filled. She had a cargo of about 700 tons of iron ore, from Marquette, for H. B. Tuttle & Son. She lies with head on to the wind, and the iron ore anchors her to the bottom, and prevents her from pounding. She is a staunch vessel, only about two years and a half old, and no particular fears are entertained of her ultimate release as soon as the wind abates, when a steam pump will be put on board. The Captain had his wife and two children on board, and as soon as the vessel sank the cabin was filled with water and they were obliged to seek refuge on the top of the cabin, where they remained until daylight Monday morning, when they were taken off by a tug. It was very cold and they must have suffered considerably during the night.
      Toledo Blade
      October 2, 1869
Schooner GOLDEN RULE. U. S. No. 10153. Of 363.50 tons. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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Freight: ore
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Golden Rule (Schooner), U10153, aground, 26 Sep 1869