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James Wade (Schooner), U75522, sunk, 17 Nov 1883

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      Lost With All Hands.
There are no tidings of the schooner St. PETER. She is supposed to be lost with all hands.
      There is little room left for doubt as to the fate of the schooner JAMES WADE, and those who sailed from Detroit with her. The spars seen near Rond Eau have been described to those acquainted with the schooner, and the opinion is strengthened almost to a certainty that she is the ill-fated vessel. Andrew Forbes, President of the Detroit branch of the Chicago Seamen's Union, furnishes the following list of those on board:
      Captain - D.H. Brown, of Detroit
      Mate - Eli Bushaw, of Detroit
      Steward - A.B. Sharkey, of Detroit
      Sailors - N. Bauchnecht, of Buffalo; Louis Gennack, of Detroit; and Richard Fry, of Florence, Ont., and a sailor named Martin.
      Captain Brown was an old sailor, but for several years was engaged as turnkey in the prison at jackson. The mate was a Detroit man, and leaves a wife and family. Fry was a married man, and a letter, probably from his wife, now awaits him at the Seamen's Union Hall. The vessel was insured for $6,000.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

Schooner JAMES WADE, ashore on Long Point; total loss; owned by Alfred Hoose, of Detroit, valued at $9,000; insured for $6,000.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, November 21, 1883

It is thought that the WADE must have foundered with all hands below the Islands as nothing has been heard of her. In command of Captain David Brown.
In addition to Captain Brown, lost with the JAMES WADE, were also Eli Boshaw, mate; A.S. Shorkey, cook; Nicholas Bluchenect; Louis Greenock and Richard Fray, seamen. - Detrot Report
      Marine Record
      Nov. 22, 1883

JAMES WADE Schooner, of 273 Tons, and 10 years of age. Valued at $8,000. Became a total loss on Lake Erie during 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883
      Marine Record, December 27, 1883

Schooner JAMES WADE. U. S. No. 75522. Of 271 gross tons. Built Henderson, N.Y., 1873. by L. Reed. 3 masted schr. 138.2 x 26.2 x 9.0. - Disposition: - Foundered Long Point, Lake Erie, 1883
      Herman Runge List

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 6
Hull damage: $8,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
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James Wade (Schooner), U75522, sunk, 17 Nov 1883