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Winslow (Propeller), sunk, 7 Oct 1864

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The Tug WINSLOW, lately chartered by the government as a revenue cutter, left this port about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon for Erie, Pa. Finding it impossible to proceed, owing to the frightful roughness of the lake, she was headed about to return. The fires were extinguished by the over-washing of the waves, and the tug went down near the C.C. & C.R.R. pier. All the officers and men, and Mr.S.B. Grosvenor, of Buffalo, who was on board, succeeded in reaching the spiles. This was between nine and ten o'clock.
A portion of the men succeeded in getting from the spiles on to the pier in safety, but in the attempt four of the men were washed off and drowned by the waves that were running entirely over the spiles. The names of those drowned were, John Kelley, Quartermaster; John Fox, Cockswain; Timothy Lyons, seaman, and Chas.Washington, boy.
The Captain and eleven men remained on the spiles from half-past nine to one o'clock, the sea breaking entirely over them every minute, and the weather very cold. Capt. McKay, of the Steamer CITY OF CLEVELAND, hearing of the perilous situation of the wrecked men,determined to rescue them if possible. He lowered one of the steamer's boats to the dock, and taking the mate, Mr.George McKay, and the two wheelsmen, dragged the boat across to the railroad pier, and successfully launched it into the water. The men then got into it and at imminent risk of their lives succeeded in reaching the clinging men and taking them off, and landing them in safety on the shore.
It was a perilous and heroic deed, and reflects the highest honor upon the humanity and bravery of Capt. McKay and his associates. The WINSLOW is a total loss. She was valued at $20,000, as we are informed by Capt. Ottinger.
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      October 8, 1864

Collector Metz received a letegram from Capt. Ottinger, from Cleveland this morning, announcing the loss of the tug WINSLOW about 9:00 last evening, while attmpting to enter that harbor, under charge of the pilot. The vessel struck on the bar. All on board supposed to be about 20 in number, were saved except 5. Those who were saved escaped with only what they had on. The vessel is a total loss.
      The WINSLOW was chartered by Collector Metz, under the instructions from the Treasury Department, some months since, to act as a revenue cutter, and having been armed and manned, left this port on a cruise on Tuesday evening last. We shall doubtless have more particulars by telegraph this afternoon.
The WINSLOW was built 2 years ago, and was probably the finest vessel of her class on the lakes. She was owned by Messrs. N.C. Winslow & Co., of this city, and was, we understand, wjolly insured.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 8, 1864 3-1

      Among those lost on the prop. WINSLOW was Thomas Fox (not John Fox, as published in the Cleveland papers,) son of policeman Peter Fox, of this city. He was a promising young man of 20 years, who had but recently finished a term of service in, and been discharged from, the navy. His father was at Cleveland yesterday endeavoring to recover the body, but did not succeed.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 11, 1864 3-1

WINSLOW Propeller of 265 Tons, built at Cleveland 1862. Stranded November 1864 at Cleveland. Total loss, with 6 lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      1790 - 1868 Lytle - Holdcamper List

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 4
Hull damage: $20,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Winslow (Propeller), sunk, 7 Oct 1864