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Mayflower (Propeller), U16468, aground, 4 Nov 1883


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Captain Chapman of the steambarge CUMBERLAND, which arrived here Monday, reports the steambarge MAYFLOWER ashore at Point Abino, and the Barge LILLY MAY consort of the MAYFLOWER in a waterlogged condition some distance out. - Cleveland Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 8, 1883


The latest marine casualty that I have to record is the propeller MAYFLOWER, stranded at Point Abino, twelve miles this side of Buffalo on Sunday night, and it is reported will prove a total loss. She has been thirty one years in service; was 691 tons burden,and valued at $18,000. H.G. Blanchard, of Bay City, is her owner. - Detroit Report
      Marine Record
      Nov. 8, 1883


On the morning of the 4th.inst. the propeller MAYFLOWER was run on Point Abino and will probably prove a total wreck. Captain Cramer and the crew made their way to the shore at 9 o'clock and were brought here by the Tug B.F. BRUCE, Captain Cramer says that the MAYFLOWER had in tow the barges LILLIE MAY, F.M. DICKINSON, EMERALD,and COLORADO. They were all lumber loaded from Bay City, the last named for Sandusky, off which port she was dropped, and the other four for Tonawanda. The wind was strong from the Southwest and a big sea was rolling. Just above Erie the rudder of the LILLIE MAY, which was first behind the propeller, was carried away, and she soon after became waterlogged and unmanageable. When off Dunkirk the MAYFLOWER was found to be leaking fast. Captain Cramer ordered the last two barges to let go, and heading the steamer to the sea he intended to hold the MAY up to daylight, in the meantime working his own pumps. He found the water gaining, however, and was obliged to drop the barge. Her lumber will be lightered off as soon as the weather permits, and most of it will be saved. The MAYFLOWER is one of the old-timers, and in her early days was a favorite passenger boat of the Western Transportation Line. She was built here in 1852 by F.N. Jones and measured 415 tons. She is owned by Captain Harry Blanchard, of Detroit, was worth about $18,000, and being out of class was not insured. Captain Blanchard also owns the four barges named.The Barges DICKENSON and EMERALD sailed down and were towed behind the breakwater.Captain Hazen, of the DICKENSON, went up on the Tug G.R. HAND, in command of Captain Austin Hand, to look after the waterlogged barge. Captain Hazen returned from Dunkirk by rail. He says they found the MAY at anchor about five miles below Dunkirk. Her woman cook had been taken off by the propeller TOLEDO, which passed down in the afternoon and saw the barge's distress. The rest of the crew preferred to remain aboard. Captain Scott of the TOLEDO, ran a great risk in going alongside the MAY in the heavy sea. - Buffalo Report.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 8, 1883



      THE WRECK OF THE MAYFLOWER.
The old propeller MAYFLOWER was run on Point Abino yesterday morning to prevent her from sinking in deep water. The MAYFLOWER had in tow the barges LILLIE MAY, F.M. DICKENSON, EMERALD, and COLORADO, all lumber loaded from Bay City, the last named from Sandusky, off which port she was dropped, and the other four for Tonawanda. Above Erie the rudder of the LILLIE MAY, which was first behind the propeller, was carried away by the big sea, and the MAYFLOWER was found to be sinking fast. Captain Cramer ordered the last two barges to let go, and heading the steamer to the sea he intended to hold the MAY up till daylight, but he found the water gaining in the vessel so fast he was obliged to drop the barge. Not being able to make Port Colborne he started for this port, and when off Point Abino the water was almost up to the firnaces.
      When this was discovered the MAYFLOWER was run on the point, bow first, but she swung around, broke her arches, and is in very bad shape on an uneven rocky bottom. The crew left on the tug BRUCE, and are all safe. Her lumber will be taken off as soon as possible, and it is thought nearly all will be saved. The MAYFLOWER in her early days was a favorite passenger boat of the Western Transportation line; was built here in 1852, by F.N. Jones, and messured 415 tons. She is owned by Captain Harry Blanchard, of Detroit; was worth about $18,000. being out of class was not insured.
      The barges DICKENSON and EMERALD sailed down and were towed behind the breakwater. Captain Austin Hand went up with the captain of the DICKENSON on the tug HAND to look after the waterlogged barge. They found the MAY at anchor about five miles below Dunkirk. Her woman cook had been taken off by the propeller TOLEDO, which passed down in the afternoon and saw the barge's distress. The rest of the crew preferred to remain aboard. captain Scott of the TOLEDO ran a great risk in going alongside the MAY in the heavy sea, and was obliged to make use of a line hauling the cook over to his craft, and he deserves great credit for the service. The provisions on the HAND were given to the hungry men on the MAY, all the provisions on board that craft being under water. The tug BRUCE started out last night to help the HAND to bring down the MAY. - - - Buffalo Commercial, Monday.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbool, November, 1883
     
     

MAYFLOWER Propeller, ashore November 4, 1883. App. value $10,000 app. loss $15,000
      Casualty List for 1883
      Toronto Globe, Dec. 4, 1883


MAYFLOWER of 691 Tons, and 31 years of age. Valued at $10,000. Became a total loss on Lake Erie during 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883


Steam screw MAY FLOWER. U. S. No. 16468. Of 691.47 tons gross. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871
     


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $10,000
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1883
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McN.W.10425
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.836111 Longitude: -79.095277
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Mayflower (Propeller), U16468, aground, 4 Nov 1883