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Consuello (Schooner), U4572, sunk, 1 May 1875

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Schooner CONSUELO, of 195 tons, built Cleveland 1851 by R. Calkins - sunk near Marblehead with a cargo of building stone. Four lives lost, two saved. (condensed)
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      May 4, 1875
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The schooner CONSUELO, loaded with building stone from Vermilion for Cleveland was lost in the gale off Marblehead on Saturday evening. Three were lost.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, May 5, 1875

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      From Capt. Danger, of the tug WINSLOW, which is at work at Kelley's Island trying to raise the schr. EXCHANGE at that port, the following particulars are received of the sinking of the schr. CONSUELO last Saturday morning. A living gale of wind from the southwest was sweeping over the lake that morning and the CONSUELO was sighted making the harbor at Sandusky, being at that time about 3 miles from Marblehead Light, in the South Passage. She seemed to be making good headway until suddenly she listed and for some time went wild, those aboard of her being unable, apparently, to handle her. At times she would show her keel, causing those on the island to conclude that she had shifted her cargo. As soon as this conclusion was reached Capt. Danger decided to go to her relief. owing to the gale the WINSLOW was lying at the dock idle and was obliged to get up her steam. This required some time, and it was while the WINSLOW was getting up steam that the CONSUELO filled and went down, righting as she sunk and striking on an even keel. In about 10 minutes after she sunk the WINSLOW was under way and reached the scene in a short time, meeting the Clemens brothers, of Marblehead, who had put out from shore in a small boat, and rescued Frederick Donahue and James King. After cruising about for some time without discovering any of the bodies, the WINSLOW proceeded to the wreck and took off a tin box containing the captain's papers, another box containing the cook's jewelry, and three trunks besides a small bureau. The WINSLOW was then met by the stm. HICKOX, bound from Cleveland, who took Donahue and King aboard and then went to the sunken schooner and took away a portion of her upper works. The names of the persons drowned are H.M. Hauser, Captain; Wm. Clary, Wm. Low and Chas. Peterson, seamen, and the woman cook, name unknown. The captain leaves a wife and daughter at Milwaukee, and the cook's home was in Buffalo. The CONSUELO was an old schooner of 195 tons burthen, built at Cleveland in 1851 by R.Calkins for O.Neil & Co., and was valued at that time at $3,500. In 1861 she underwent large repairs, being almost entirely rebuilt. She was considered a seaworthy craft, the only thing against her being her age.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 6, 1875

      Two bodies of the schr. CONSUELO's crew, lost near Marblehead a month since, were found on Monday last near that place. One was identified as the body of Capt. Hauser, and the other of W.M. Law, a seaman. The former was found near Cedar Pt., and the latter in Fox's fish pounds off Marblehead.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 3, 1875 3-5

Wednesday afternoon as the tug DOWLING of Cleveland was cruising about 10 miles from land, she ran across the body of a man floating in the water. A line was made fast to it and the tug headed for the city, where an examination was made of the body, which was found to be that of Capt. Hauser, of the ill-fated schr. CONSUELLO, which went down in a gale off the Islands about 2 months ago. the body was identified by a watch and some small trinkets found in the pockets, and also by the clothing. The features were beyond recognition; the hair was all gone from the head, the skin eaten away and other marks apparent which gave evidence of rough usage by the action of the water.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 2, 1875 3-7

      The cargo of the schooner CONSUELLO, sunk at Kelly's Island has been taken off, and parties are now engaged in taking out the spars, and saving whatever is valuable belonging to the wreck.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Saturday, October 16, 1875
NOTE: - the CONSUELLO was got off from the above, and was wrecked in 1887 at Port Hope, Lake Huron.

Schooner CONSUELO. U. S. No. 4572. Of 144.61 tons gross. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1851. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 4
Freight: building stone
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.54033 Longitude: -82.73546
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Consuello (Schooner), U4572, sunk, 1 May 1875