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Charles L. Hutchinson (Schooner), sunk, 4 Oct 1887


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The Barge CHAS.L. HUTCHINSON, with lumber from Alpena broke in two and went down while anchored 5 miles above the breakwater at Buffalo. Seven were saved and got to shore in the yawl boat
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, October 4, 1887


Schooner C.H. HUTCHISON, of 297 Tons. Built 1866. Owned by Hutchison and Classed B 1 and a half. Home port, Cleveland. On October 4, 1887, vessel, with a cargo of lumber sunk in Lake Erie, and became a total loss. Property loss $7,000 cargo $5,000
      1887 Casualty List (Total Loss)
      Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4

NOTE:--Proper Name. CHAS. L. HUTCHISON -- was formerly BUTCHER BOY



      The storm of the past two days has been the worst and most severe of the season....
      The schooner C.L. HUTCHINSON with lumber from Alpena broke in two and went down while anchored 5 miles above the breakwater at Buffalo. 7 were saved and got to shore in the yawl boat.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, October 4, 1887



      Cleveland.---The feat of Captain Frank Brown, of the schooner C.L. HUTCHISON, of Cleveland, in saving himself and a crew of six men and a woman cook, has not, up to this time, been equalled in skill, seamanship or coolness in time of danger. Captain Brown's vessel had gone to anchor to avoid going ashore in the gale last Monday, six miles off Windmill Point. The seas were breaking over her with tremendous force. The captain, knowing that his vessel was going to pieces, launched his yawl, the stern, lumber laden, having broken off amidships and the bow holding by the anchor. No one but a sailor man can tell how these high, quick lake waves, made turbulent by high winds, toss a small boat about, but, notwithstanding the raging waters, the crew and captain dropped one by one into the little boat. How to get ashore was the next question, and this was solved in a way that a landsman would never have thought of. It would not do to turn broadside to the waves, so the crew headed the yawl to the wind and let her drift stern foremost to Buffalo. "And we did not ship more than a barrel full of water all the way," said the captain.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 6, 1887 p.1


Buffalo.---The barge C.L. HUTCHISON was lost, Monday afternoon in the terrible gale which set in about daylight. She had come down from Alpena with lumber in tow of the propeller MISSOURI, together with the barge GOLDEN RULE, all lumber laden. The MISSOURI broke down Saturday and returned to Detroit, and the barges proceeded under sail. The GOLDEN RULE arrived safely, but the HUTCHISON would not mind her helm and went off in the trough of the sea. The propeller E.L. VANCE brought the information of her condition and tugs went to her aid, but failed to get her in tow. She cast anchor six miles off Windmill Point and tried to ride out the storm, but at 4 p.m. began to go to pieces. The crew, consisting of Captain Frank Brown, of Elyria, Ohio; mate, Richard Smith, Buffalo; Mrs. Palmer, Detroit, cook; George and Joseph Sharlow, Port Huron; Henry Butler, San Francisco; Charles Mingus, Norwalk, Ohio, safely launched a yawl and reached Buffalo, a feat pronounced scarcely less than a miracle by seamen. To do so they had to steer her to the wind and let her drift stern foremost. They arrived about dusk, all safe. The HUTCHISON is owned by J.T. Hutchison, of Cleveland, and is uninsured. She was built at Cleveland by Miller in 1866 as the scow BUTCHER BOY, and rebuilt in 1881, rated B 1 and a half. Valued at $7,000. The wind was blowing forty miles an hour about the time the barge broke in two, and no one supposed a yawl could live in such a sea.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 6, 1887 p.1


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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $7,000
Cargo: $5,000
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1887
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McN.W.13304
Language of Item:
English
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Charles L. Hutchinson (Schooner), sunk, 4 Oct 1887