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George Worthington (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1866


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GEORGE WORTHINGTON Schooner, cargo iron ore, ashore west of Cleveland, Two lives lost. November 1866. Property loss $3,500
      Casualty List for 1866---Buffalo
      Commercial Advertiser, Feb. 26, 1867

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GEORGE WORTHINGTON Schooner of 314 Tons, owned at Cleveland by Johnson & Co. Bound from Marquette to Cleveland, went ashore at Cleveland, November 1866. Loss to ship $3,000 insurance $1,500
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
      1863-1873 U. S. Coast Guard Report

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      SCHOONER ASHORE - THREE MEN DROWNED. - At half-past seven o'clock on Sunday night the schooner GEORGE WASHINGTON (sic) Captain Dunn, bound for the port of Cleveland, loaded with iron ore, went ashore three hundred feet westward of the West Pier, at the mouth of the harbor. After running aground, the first mate and one man came ashore to procure a tug. Failing to get one they returned to the vessel in the Cleveland Life Boat, manned by Captain Dunn, of this city, and seven men. Just as the boat reached the vessel it capsized, and two men were drowned, one named John Dunn and the name of the other is unknown.
      After capsizing, the boat made three evolutions before it was washed ashore, with the crew clinging to it. When the shore was gained, a conversation was opened with the captain of the vessel, who stated that three of his crew were missing. As two of his crew were ashore, it is probable the third was drowned while attempting to jump into the Life Boat. The vessel is owned in Cleveland by John O'Neil and John Greene.
      LATER.
      She lies this morning very easy in the sand. The sea has run down, and there is now no danger. A portion of the cargo will be taken off and a pump put on board, when she will undoubtedly be easily towed off the beach and brought safely into port. When she struck she was scuttled, and settled deep into the sand. The cause of her failing to make the harbor was owing to the pilot mistaking the light. There has been much complaint on this score for the past season. Masters of vessels claim that they are unable to distinguish the pier light from the many gas lights that line the docks and railroad piers. This matter should be remedied before the opening of navigation for another season. It is now in the Lighthouse Board, and will undoubtedly be attended to. - Cleveland Herald.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, November 14, 1866

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THE SCHOONER WORTHINGTON. - By constant exertion since Monday morning, this vessel was so far lightened that she was hauled off and towed into port last evening by the cutter SHERMAN. She looks rather the worse for wear, but is not seriously damaged. - Cleveland Leader
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, November 16, 1866

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Reason: aground
Lives: 2
Hull damage: $3,500
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1866
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Local identifier:
McN.W.12746
Language of Item:
English
  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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George Worthington (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1866