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Exchange (Schooner), U7315, aground, 1 Nov 1874

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EXCHANGE Schooner, cargo stone, total loss at Kelley's Island, November 1874. Property loss, hull $11,000 cargo $600.
      Casualty List for 1874
      Chicago Inter-Ocean, Dec. 25, 1874

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ASHORE AND SUNK. - The schooner Exchange, laden with stone, while endeavoring to get under way from the dock at Kelley's Island Friday afternoon last (20th), got ashore, running upon rocks and sunk. Aid was sent for at Cleveland, and it is thought that she will be released without trouble.
THE SCHOONER EXCHANGE. - This vessel, ashore at Kelley's Island, would not be disturbed by the storm of yesterday, being protected from westerly winds. She is owned by Capt. James Lawler, who purchased her the present season from Capt. A. Bradley of Cleveland.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 24, 1874

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Monday (11/23) advice from Detroit says the schr. EXCHANGE, laden with block stone, went ashore at Kelley's Island on Friday night and sunk. Aid was sent from Cleveland.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 24, 1874 4-7
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The tug S.S. COE left Cleveland on Saturday night for Kelley's Island, intending to rescue the schr. EXCHANGE which is wrecked there. The COE ran into Sandusky for coal and in storm stayed there.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 25, 1874 3-6
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A TOTAL LOSS. - The schooner Exchange, which got ashore a few days since at Kelley's Island, has become a total loss, and is abandoned to the underwriters. She is valued at $10,000, insured for $6,700, and is owned by Capt. James Lawler, of Sandusky. The Exchange had been in service seventeen years, was built at Vermillion, Ohio, for A. Bradley; was 375 ton burden. The loss falls heavily on Capt. Lawler, as be but a short time since
invested nearly his entire means in the purchase of the vessel.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 29, 1874

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The tug S.S. COE sent to the relief o the schr. EXCHANGE, at Kelley's Island, found one pump insufficient to get her off, and went to Detroit for 2 more, which are now probably at the schene of the disaster.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 30, 1874 3-5

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The schr. EXCHANGE which got ashore a few days since at Kelley's Island, has become a total loss and is abandoned by the underwriters. She was valued at $10,000, insured for $6,700 and owned by Capt. James Lawler of Sandusky. The EXCHANGE had been in service 17 years, was built at Vermilion, Ohio, for A. Bradley and was 372 tons burden. The loss falls heavily on Capt. Lawler, as he a short time since invested heavily his entire means in the purchase of the vessel.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      December 1, 1874 3-6

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Schr. EXCHANGE ashore at Kelley's Island, has been abandoned to the underwriters. Valued at $10,000; insured for $6,700.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      December 2, 1874 4-7

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ABANDONED - Schooner Exchange, ashore at Kelley's Island, has been abandoned to the underwriters. Valued at $10,000, insured for $6,700.
      Detroit Tribune
      December 4, 1874

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A tug with steam pump has left Cleveland to go to the relief of the schr. EXCHANGE, sunk at Kelly's Island last fall.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 28, 1875 3-6

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      THE EXCHANGE. - The party of wreckers who went down on the tug Winslow to Kelley's Island to raise this craft, got to work in earnest yesterday morning, with a fair prospect of success at present advices. They were obliged to suspend operation for a time on account of the heavy weather.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 5, 1875

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MORE PUMPS. - The tug Winslow, Capt. Danger, arrived up from Kelley's Island yesterday mooning, for two more steam pumps, making six in all, that she has taken to the wreck of the schooner Exchange at that point. Great difficulty was experienced by the wreckers in raising the vessel, on account of her being heavily laden with stone. They are now engaging in pumping her out.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 6, 1875

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On Friday last the tug WINSLOW coaled at Mullen's and then proceeded on her way to attempt to raise the schooner EXCHANGE sunk last fall at Kelley's island. They have two steam pumps on board. They ran in for eleven tons of coal on Wednesday morning.
      Amherstburg Echo
      May 7, 1875

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ABANDONED. - The tug Winslow arrived up yesterday from Kelley's Island. All efforts toward raising the Exchange have for the present been abandoned. The next attempt will probably be made with pontoons. A portion of the steam pumps were left at Cleveland, but most of them were brought to this port.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 9, 1875

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FOR THE EXCHANGE. - The wrecking steamer Magnet arrived from Kelley's Island about two o'clock on Tuesday morning and took on board one of Capt. Grummond's steam pumps and again left for the wreck. This will make three pumps that are now at work on the EXCHANGE, one of them belonging to the steamer being a fourteen inch centrifugal pump of great power. It is thought some time will elapse before the expedition will prove
      Detroit Free Press
      June 17, 1875

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The scow SUTLER GIRL is now at Kelley's Island engaged in dismantling the schr. EXCHANGE sunk there. At present much of the rigging is off, the topmasts are down, while nearly all the deck chains, etc. are off. The saved material will be brought here. - Cleveland Leader.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      August 21, 1875 3-7
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The parties interested in the schr. EXCHANGE, sunk at Kelley's Island, are in correspondence with the Coast Wrecking Co., with reference to raising the vessel.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 26, 1875 3-5

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GONE TO PIECES. -- The schooner EXCHANGE went to pieces during the gale Friday afternoon, at Kelley's island. She went on last fall.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, April 17, 1876
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At the islands in Lake Erie the gale of last week was unusually severe and considerable damage was done to vessel property. The scow Louisa dragged her anchor and brought up the telegraph cable connecting the Islands with Sandusky. The wreck of the schooner EXCHANGE, which went ashore near the Kelley Island lime docks in May last, went to pieces, her masts fell, while nearly everything floated ashore. It was intended to raise and repair her early this season. . . .
      Detroit Free Press
      April 18, 1876
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The old schr. EXCHANGE which went ashore near the lime dock at Kelley Island last summer, still lies in her old position, but in a sadly demoralized state. Her spars are out, her cabins and deck gone, and nothing now remains but her sides, which are still intact and about a foot above the water.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 2, 1876 3-6

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      On Saturday the tug AMERICAN EAGLE of this port, ran onto the wreck of the old schr. EXCHANGE at Kelley's Island and became badly damaged. She went into Globe Drydock Tuesday for repairs.
      Marive Record
      April 30, 1885
Schooner EXCHANGE. U. S. No. 7315. Of 292.04 tons. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
      Merchant Vesssel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $11,000
Cargo: $600
Freight: stone
Remarks: Total loss
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    Latitude: 41.60422 Longitude: -82.7074
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Exchange (Schooner), U7315, aground, 1 Nov 1874