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Kate Howard (Schooner), U14169, capsized, 1 May 1883

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Schooner KATE HOWARD, capsized May 9, 1883. Valued at $2,400. Loss $100.
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883

      he squall was the cause of another serious disaster at Evanston, the same vicinity in which the schooner S. BATES was wrecked so recently and where her bones now lie. The schooner KATE HOWARD, Captain Thompson, had unloaded a cargo at De Coudres' pier at Evanston and dropped anchor a distance off in the lake. The fierce squall from the northwest struck her broadside, and being light, she capsized. The entire hull became submerged except the bow, and to this part the crew, Catain Thompson and four men, clung for dear life. The disaster occurred at just 7 o'clock. The Evanston life-saving crew - one of the best on the lakes - were promptly on hand, and, under the lead of captain W.E. McTennan, they went out in the surfboat and rescued all hands.
The HOWARD measures 100 tons. She was built at Holland, Mich., in 1867 by J.M. Waring, rebuilt in 1878, and largely repaired the past winter. She is owned by De Condres, and is not insured.
      Captain Thompson and his crew were kindly cared for, and expressed great gratitude towards the Evanston life-saving crew. Were it not for the prompt action taken all hands must have perished.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes marine Scrapbook, may 1883

The Schooner KATE HOWARD was towed full of water from the Government basin to the Chicago drydock, where she was put into the drydock and inspected. When the damages she sustained were estimated at $1,500. Chicago Report
      Marine Record
      June 9, 1883

The wrecked Schooner KATE HOWARD is being rebuilt at Chicago.
      Marine Record
      June 16, 1883
Schooner KATE E. HOWARD. U. S. No. 14169. Of 96.37 tons gross; 91.56 tons net. Built Holland, Mich., 1867. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 97.3 x 21.9 x 6.4
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Hull damage: $1,500
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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Kate Howard (Schooner), U14169, capsized, 1 May 1883