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Thomas L. Parker (Schooner), U145264, collision, 29 Apr 1887


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PORT HURON.---During the gale on the 1st, the schooners LOUIS O'NEIL and THOMAS L. PARKER broke away from the tug SWAIN and collided with each other. Captain Fitch, of the schooner THOMAS L. PARKER, writes that the schooner LOUIS O'NEIL, Captain Thomas Walker, went to the bottom of Lake Erie after the collision, ten or fifteen minutes after the crew left her. The PARKER arrived here Monday and is having her damage repaired. Concerning the collision, Captain Fitch says that while the storm was raging, the tug SWAIN, finding it impossible to make any headway, attempted to round to with the tow. In making the maneuver the hawser parted and the O'NEIL with her canvas set, dragged down upon the PARKER's bow while the latter was trying to come in stays. The PARKER's jibboom went through the O'NEIL's foresail, jerking it out of the bolt ropes. Then the O'NEIL shot across the PARKER's bows, the PARKER's jibboom raking along her rail and fouled with her main and mizzen rigging. In quick succession the O'NEIL's mainmast and mizzenmast were broken off near the deck, and fell crashing into the sea. The wreck lies about three miles southwest of Port Stanley. The crew of the O'NEIL took to the yawl and reached Conneaut after twenty two hours in the open boat. Captain Walker's daughter was with him in this trying time. They have gone to their home in Marine City. The O'NEIL was formerly the hull of the old propeller COLWELL (S.D. CALDWELL) rebuilt in 1884, valued at $18,000 and owned by Robert Holland, of marine City. It is believed the latter had no insurance on her.
      The Marine Record
      Thursday, May 5, 1887 p.5


T.L. PARKER schooner of 597 tons, owned by Elphicke. Home port, Chicago. Built 1881. Class A 1. On April 29, 1887 vessel with a cargo of coal, collided with the schooner LOUIE O'NEIL on Lake Erie. Damaged. Property loss $3,000
      Casualty List for 1887 (Partial Loss)
      The Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p. 4 & 5



NAME: THOMAS L. PARKER
RIG: Schooner
OFFICIAL NO: 145264
SIGNAL LETTERS:
LOA: 186.0
BEAM: 23.0
DEPTH: 13.0
GROSS: 628.41 (1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
NET: 596.99 (1884; 1885
YEAR BUILT: 1881
STATE: WI
CITY: Manitowoc
HOME PORT: Chicago, IL (1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
YEARS LISTED: 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $3,000
Freight: coal
Remarks: Repaired
Date of Original:
1887
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Local identifier:
McN.W.13385
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.66679 Longitude: -81.21644
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Thomas L. Parker (Schooner), U145264, collision, 29 Apr 1887