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Pearl (Scow), U50438, aground, 1 Nov 1874

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PEARL Scow, cargo lumber, total loss, two lives, below Cleveland, November 1874. Property loss, hull $2,000 cargo $500
      Casualty List for 1874
      Chicago Inter-Ocean, Dec. 25, 1874

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The scow PEARL of Fairport, loaded with lumber, went ashore at Geneva, Ohio, Monday morning. On board was found the body of a man, supposed to be J. Graham, of Fairport, and the body of a boy, about 14 years of age, both evidently frozen to death, the bodies being completely covered with ice. The boy was lashed to the rigging. The scow is a total wreck, nad has the appearance of having been run into. Nothing was found on board to indicate where the scow was from or where bound.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      December 2, 1874 3-5

LOSS OF THE PEARL. -The Painesville Telegraph gives the following particulars of the scow Pearl and her crew at Geneva:
The vessel was owned and sailed by Capt. E. A. Dayton of this place. The Pearl left Port Huron on the 8th ult. laden with 30,000 feet of lumber. She beached about fifty to seventy feet from shore, near Painesville, when it was discovered that at least two persons were on board. No boat being at hand, recourse was had to the swimming out of a horse, when it was ascertained that the occupants were dead. A boat was afterwards obtained and the bodies - which proved to be that of a son of the captain aged twelve and James Graham, aged nineteen, son of Capt. George V. Graham, residing on the headlands near this place - were brought to the shore. Young Dayton was found lashed to the windlass, with all his clothes washed away except on those parts of the body where the rope bound them to him. One side of his head and face were badly bruised, while the lower and opposite side of the head was considerably mutilated. In one of the pockets, which was held by the rope, were some papers belonging to his father and a wallet containing a few dollars belonging to Graham - which, it is supposed, were placed in his keeping when made fast to the windlass. His body was completely encased in solid ice.
Young Graham was found sitting upright on the deck, with his feet in the hold, both hands grasping the edge of the deck on either side of him, in which position he was frozen to death. He had on two suits of clothes, oil cloth coat, cap and mittens. He was also encased in ice. The bodies were taken in charge by the undertaker at Geneva and brought home Tuesday morning.
Nothing is yet known of the fate of Capt. Dayton, but the supposition is that he was washed overboard with the lumber on deck, all of which has disappeared. It is thought that the Pearl lost her spars in the gale of the 23d, and from that time till she came ashore was drifting about waterlogged, the sport of the wind and waves. Capt. Dayton was in the prime of life, and a much esteemed and respected citizen. There was no insurance on either vessel or cargo.
      Detroit Free Press
      December 8, 1874
The vessel itself (US#50438) was the only survivor. The 32 t. scow-schooner, built at Fairport in 1867, lasted at least until 1882, when she was probably wrecked in a storm in Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior. from D. Swayze

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Reason: aground
Lives: 2
Hull damage: $2,000
Cargo: $500
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Pearl (Scow), U50438, aground, 1 Nov 1874