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Zack Chandler (Schooner), U28020, aground, 24 Oct 1887

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The schooner ZACH CHANDLER is ashore at Noble Station on the lake Shore Rail Road near Cleveland.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, October 25, 1887

      Cleveland.---Captain A.R. Manning, in the interest of the underwriters, Captain Warner, in the interest of the owners, and Messrs Murphy & MIller, practical shipbuilders, went Tuesday to the scene of the wrecked ZACK CHANDLER. They found her in bad shape, but in no worse condition than when the captain and crew were taken off by the life-savers. She lies in nine feet of water, head to the sea and stern in towards shore. It is believed that she is so badly bilged that it will be scarcely possible to do anything with her.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 27, 1887 p. 1

Schooner ZACH CHANDLER of 690 tons, Built 1867 and owned by Warner Home port, Cleveland, Classed B 1. On October 24, 1887, vessel with a cargo of coal went ashore on Lake Erie. Property loss, Hull $10,500 cargo $3,200
      1887 Casualty List (Partial Loss)
      The Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887

Cleveland.---The schooner ZACK CHANDLER, of Cleveland, which left Ashtabula with coal for Escanaba at 6 o'clock Sunday morning, was driven on the bar opposite Noble Station, on the Lake Shore road, 15 miles from this city, during the gale Sunday night. She was not more that fifteen hundred feet from the shore, but during the darkness the crew could not attempt to land. All night long the waves broke over the deck, thus compelling the officers and crew, ten in number, to lash thenself to the rigging. At 9 o'clock Monday morning news reached the city of the affair, and a few minutes later Captain Goodwin, with his life saving crew and apparatus, were placed on two flat cars and taken to the wreck. At Noble Station, teams were secured and the life boat, with the gun and apparatus was hauled to the lakeshore, three miles away. The schooner had dragged ashore and lay broadside to the mountainous waves which were running. Her backbone was broken and she was bilged. At the break of day the crew saw that they were close in to shore, which gave them more confidence, and got Captain Inghram's permission to endeavor to make it with the yawl. The small boat could not take off all the men, so the captain, second mate, cook and a sailor remained aboard the vessel. The first mate and five of the crew reached shore in safety. As the boat was returning for those aboard the wrecked schooner, Captain Goodwin and his life-savers from Cleveland arrived and went to work, planted the Lisle gun and put a line in the rigging the first shot, but the men on the schooner were so benumbed with the wintery wind and water that they could no make the line fast, and the rescue with breeches buoy had to be abandoned. The life-savers then launched the life boat by letting it down a precipitous cliff fifty feet high on to the beach not more than eight feet wide, and pulled to the wreck on the lee side in safety, and rescued the balance of the crew. In launching the Dobbins life boat down the cliff and over the boulders which lined the little beach two planks were tonr off the port side and one off the starboard side. This apparent disability, however, did not deter the brave life-savers from immediately attempting the rescue. The crew of the CHANDLER consisted of Captain H.D. Inghram, of Cleveland; first mate, Chas. Hanz, of Cleveland; second mate, John McDonald, of Goderich, Canada; Steward, James Lapham, of Mentor, Ohio; and seamen John Driscoll, of Cleveland; Neils Norem, and John Lee of Milwaukee; James Wright of Ashtabula; Robert Webb, a lad whose home is in Muskegon, Mich. The crew were taken care of by Mr. A. Waters, who served them a bountiful dinner. The vessel was evidently breaking up. Captain Goodwin and his crew of life savers deserve much praise for the promptness with which they reached the wreck and the efficient manner in which they did their work. The ZACK CHANDLER, 690 tons, was built in Detroit by Jones in 1867, and rebuilt in 1873. She is owned by Warner & others, of Cleveland. Classed B 1, and is valued by Lloyds at $12,500. She is insured for $10,000. Her cargo of coal, shipped by M.A.Hanna & Co., is valued at $3,00 and insured.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 27, 1887 p. 1

Cleveland.---After lightering 500 tons of coal the tugs SAMSON, GREGORY and FOREST CITY pulled the schooner ZACK CHANDLER off the beach and brought her to this port. She will be repaired here.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 3, 1887 p. 1

Schooner ZACH CHANDLER. U. S. No. 28020. Of 726.50 tons gross; 690.18 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1867. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 194.0 x 35.6 x 14.3
      Merchant Vessel Listm, U. S., 1891

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $10,500
Cargo: $3,200
Freight: coal
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
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Zack Chandler (Schooner), U28020, aground, 24 Oct 1887