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Wanderer (Schooner), U26239, sunk, 15 Oct 1874

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The mate of the INTER OCEAN reports having seen while on the passage up and when about 20 miles above Long Pt., an unkown vessel sunk close in under the land, with just her top masts out of water. She was a 2 masted schooner.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 17, 1874

      The Detroit Post of Monday morning says: The week closing has brought intelligence of a large number of disasters on the lakes in comparison with the number of vessels in commission. At various points the weather has been very boisterous. No wide-spread general storm has shown itself, but while one locality has been enjoying mild weather others appear to have experienced a gale. On Saturday, for instance, when regular orthodox Indian Summer, with all its delightful haziness, was prevailing around Detroit, Sault St. Marie, according to a dispatch at our hand, was visited by the most tempestuous gale of the season. The most appaling disaster of the week is the foundering of a schooner off Long Pt. The story has now been repeated so often that it would appear to be true. What was the vessel's name, or what her cargo, where she was from, or whether bound, or what number of human souls were on board, is at present a mystery. According to to apparently competent testimony she was seen to go down head first. A few days more and the missing; if such there be, will create alarm by her prolonged absence, and the name of the unfortunate craft be discovered. Meantime it might be as well not to put too much faith in the report.
      Cleveland Herald
      October 20, 1874 7-4

The valuation of the lost schr. WANDERER was $4,000; she was insured for $3,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 27, 1874 3-6

      Schooner WANDERER, cargo coal, foundered off Long Point, Lake Erie, five lives lost, October 1874. Property loss, hull $5,000, cargo $4,000.
      Casualty List for 1874
      Chicago Inter-Ocean,
      December 25, 1874

Schooner WANDERER. U. S. No. 26239. Of 62.62 tons. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
      Merchant vessel List, U. S., 1871
      Schooner WANDERER. U. S. No. 26239. Of 62 tons. Built Sodus, N.Y., 1861. Abandoned 1875
      Herman Runge Note.

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 5
Hull damage: $5,000
Cargo: $4,000
Freight: coal
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
William R. McNeil
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Wanderer (Schooner), U26239, sunk, 15 Oct 1874