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J. W. Doane (Schooner), U75660, aground, 22 Nov 1882

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Yesterday's storm was by far the severest on Lake Erie this fall. The fact there is but little movement of freight vessels it is hoped will necessitate the reporting of the but few casualties. The rain of yesterday was followed by a stiff southwester about dark, and the blow increased to a gale almost immediately. Veteran vessel men pronounced the storm the worst of the season.
      The steambarge W.H. GRATWICK, with the barge R.L. FRYER in tow arrived all right early in the evening, and about 9:00 the schr. J.W. DOANE, light from Erie, bound in for a load of coal, undertook to make the harbor. Presenting a large part of her hull to the wind, it was almost impossible to handle her, and in spite of all that could be done she went ashore on the old breakwater, not far from the boat house of the Queen City Rowing Club. The Life-saving crew went to the rescue, and 3 tugs got lines to the stranded vessel, but the sea
rendered futile all efforts to pull her off, and the tugs were frequently obliged to desist or run the risk of going aground themselves. Capt. Harry Long is in command of the DOANE, and those aboard numbered 8 to 1o all told. They had not left the vessel at midnight, and she was pounding on the rocks in a manner that looked but little as if she would load with coal, at least this season. The life-saving crew were at the vessel ready to render any assistance necessary.
      Later - The DOANE has been scuttled. The crew and the Life men are still on the wreck.
      The J.W. DOANE was built in 1874, at Little Sturgeon Bay and is owned by W.M. Egan, of Chicago. She is a three-and-after of 617 tons, new register, is rated A 1 1/2, and is valued at $27,000.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 24, 1882

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      [Special Telegram to the Inter Ocean.]
Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 24. -- The fiercest storm thus far this season has passed over this vicinity, and was particularly disastrous to shipping interests. Three craft are ashore within a mile of each other. The schooner J.W. DOANE, which went on the north breakwater, will become a total wreck. Her mainmast went overboard about noon, and it is expected that she will be broken in two before morning. She is insured for $25,000, and owned by W.M. Egan, of Chicago.
      The barges A.H. MOSS and GROTON, of the tow of the eteambarge EMPIRE, which broke adrift abreast of Dunkirk, sailed down to this port, and are both ashore. The MOSS is on the beach near Bird Island piers, and the GROTON is well up in the sand south of the lighthouse about one mile. They are both considered lying easy; cargoes and hull insured. The insurance people are making preparations to lighter them when the seas subside.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, November, 1882
The fine schooner J.W. DOANE, on the breakwater at Buffalo, measures 617 tons. She is owned by the Hon, Wiley M. Egan, of Chicago, and was valued at $30,000. Her rating was A 1 1/2. She was a three-master, and one of the finest sailing vessels on the lakes. She was built at Little Sturgeon Bay by Spears & Son in 1874. It is understood that she has been abandoned to the underwriters. The insurance is $25,800 in the Eatna, the Detroit Fire & Marins and the hull pool. She had no cargo, being light from Erie.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, November, 1882

The storm last night at Buffalo has wrecked the schooners J.W. DOAN and A. MOSS but the crews were saved. The schooner GROTON is on the beach.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, November 24, 1882

The wrecked schooner J.W. DOANE was sold at the old breakwater this morning to Capt. Maytham for $1,425. Capt. Maytham will strip her.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, November, 1882

Work has begun on the schooner J.W. DOANE, on the rocks of the red breakwater in the Erie Basin since November last. Two pontoons brought from Port Huron will be used in the work of raising.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 2, 1883 3-8

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Two large chains were put under the schr. DOANE yesterday and the vessel was raised 4 ft. An attempt will be made tonight to pull her off with tugs.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 8, 1883 3-8

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      The schr. J.W. DOANE, on the rocks at the old breakwater, is reported to be in bad condition. Her stern has been raised but she refuses to move.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 17, 1883 3-9

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      The schr. DOANE was raised about 3 ft. yesterday, and her stern would have swung round had not the wind driven the men from their work. Her hull was however, ascertained to be in a good condition, and not split, as was supposed.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 19, 1883 3-9

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      Capt. Higgins, who has been at work on the wrecked schr. J.W. DOANE at Buffalo for nearly a month past, has finally abandoned her, and her spars are being removed. Her anchors, chains, booms, etc., have all been removed. Her stern has been raised several times with pontoons, but she did not move amidships. Her backbone is broken and deck and deck frames all gone.
      Marine Record
      June 16, 1883
      TOTAL LOSSES, 1882
      [Inter Ocean Casualty List]
NOV. 23 -- Schooner J.W. DOANE, at abuffalo. Crew saved.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, December, 1882

Schooner J.W. DOANE. U. S. No. 75660. Of 617 tons gross. Built Little Sturgeon, Wis., 1874. Three masted. Wrecked 1882
      Herman Runge List.

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    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
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J. W. Doane (Schooner), U75660, aground, 22 Nov 1882