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Stampede (Schooner), U22353, aground, 20 Nov 1887


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Chicago.---The Chicago life saving crew covered themselves with glory by pulling twenty miles through a terrible sea to rescue a crew of shipwrecked sailors from the schooner STAMPEDE. The STAMPEDE left Chicago last Saturday for a cargo of cedar and was 150 miles down the lake when the furious northern gale and blinding snowstorm set in. Off Sheboygan she came to anchor, but as the gale increased in violence the cables parted and the vessel was driven helplessly before the storm. Sail after sail was set and blown away, until only a few shreds clung to the dismantled gaffs and booms. A tremendous sea that nearly engulfed the struggling schooner, boarded her, carried away the yawl and flooded the cabin. Covered with ice and almost frozen, the crew climbed into the rigging and lashed themselves securely to prevent being washed away. Shortly after midnight the lights of Chicago were sighted and torches were burned in hopes of attracting attention. The lookout on top of the life saving station saw the signal, but the vessel was too far off land to be reached with the lifeboat, and beleiving she simply wanted a tug to tow her in, the lookout called to the tug BOB TWEED. The tug went out, but after cruising around for half an hour without seeing anything of the vessel, returned to the harbor. At daylight the STAMPEDE struck the beach twenty miles south of Chicago, and shortly after was discoverd by a number of farmers. They had no boat and were unable to render any assistance, as the wreck was nearly a mile from shore. On board the vessel was a large Newfoundland dog that belonged to the captain. The end of a long rope was made fast to his neck and he was flung overboard in hopes he would swin ashore with it, but the dog refused to swin through the surf and was finally hauled back to the vessel. Then one of the farmers mounted a horse rode to South Chicago and telephoned here for the life saving crew. Captain St.Peter lost no time in getting the surf boat ready and after pulling through the icy seas for seven hours they reached the wreck at a little after 4 o'clock in the afternoon. In the meantine a farmer named Scavenger had driven three miles up the shore, procured a boat and had succeeded in getting close enough to the wreck to pick up the end of a hawser, which he carried ashore and made fast to a tree. The crew then rigged what the sailors call a "Cockswain chain" and two of them had been hauled ashore when the lifesavers arrived and took off the other five. Almost perishing from exposure, the shipwrecked crew were at once conveyed to farmer Scavenger's house and hospitably entertained. The life saving crew leaving their boat in charge of two men, took the first train for Chicago, reaching here at a late hour. The captain will come here and make arrangements for a wrecking expedition to release his vessel. The STAMPEDE measures 280 tons, hails from Sheboygan, and is valued at $6,000. She was built at Huron by McDonald in 1862, rebuilt in 1873. Owned by Gibbs and classed A 2 and a half. Captain Buchanan, of the wrecked schooner STAMPEDE arrived here and made arrangements with Dunham to send two tugs to release his vessel. The hull is but slightly damaged, and she can be released if the weather is favorable. Captain Buchanan says his vessel was within a few feet of Chicago breakwater Sunday morning, and that when he burned a torch he saw the tug BOB TWEED leave the harbor to tow his vessel in, when the tug turned back he got out a lot of bed clothes, saturated them with oil, and made a blaze, that could be seen ten miles. He is sure the crew of the tug saw his vessel, but thinks they expected he would let go the anchors and wait till daylight to be towed in. Unfortunately the STAMPEDE had lost both anchors and was at the mercy of the wind and sea.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 24, 1887 p. 1


Chicago.---the tugs MORFORD and THIELKE will go to the schooner STAMPEDE, ashore twenty-seven miles south of Chicago, and try and release her.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Dec.1, 1887 p.1


      Praiseworthy Work of the Chicago Life-Saving Crew
      Chicago, November 20, - [Special.] - The Chicago Life-saving crew covered themselves with glory yesterday by pulling twenty miles through a terrible sea to rescue a crew of shipwrecked sailors from the schooner STAMPEDE. The STAMPEDE left Chicago last Friday for a cargo of cedar and was fifteen miles down the lake when the furious northerly gale and blinding snow storm set in. Off Sheboygan she came to anchor, but the gale increased in violence, the cables parted, and the vessel was driven helplessly before the storm. Sail after sail was set and blown away, until only a few shreds clung to the dismantled gaff and booms. A tremendous sea that nearly engulfed the struggling schooner boarded her, carried away the yawl and flooded the cabin, covered with ice and almost froze the crew, who climbed into the rigging and lashed themselves securely to prevent being washed away. Shortly after midnight the lights of Chicago were sighted and torches were burned in hopes of attracting attention. The lookout on top of the life-saving station saw the signal, but the vessel was too far off land to be reached with the life-boat, and believing she simply wanted a tug to tow her in the lookout called the boat TED.* The tug boat went out, but after cruising around half an hour without seeing anything of the vessel returned to harbor. At daylight the Stampede struck the beach twenty miles south of Chicago, and shortly after was discovered by a number of farmers. They had no boats, and were unable to render any assistance, as the wreck was nearly a mile from shore. On board of the vessel was a large Newfoundland dog that belonged to the captain. The end of a large rope was made fast to his neck and he was flung overboard in hopes that he would swim ashore with it, but the dog refused to swim through the surf, and was finally hauled back to the vessel.
      Then one of the farmers mounted a horse, rode to South Chicago, and telephoned there for the life-saving crew. Capt. St. Peter lost no time in getting surf-boat ready, and after pulling through the icy seas for seven hours they reached the wreck at a little after four o clock in the afternoon. In the meantime a farmer named Scoverger had driven three miles up the shore, procured a boat, and had succeeded in getting close enough to the wreck to pick up the end of a hawser, which he carried ashore and made fast to a tree. The crew then rigged what sailors call a coxswain's chair and twenty of them had been hauled ashore when the life-savers arrived and took off the other five, almost perishing from exposure. The shipwrecked crews were at once conveyed to farmer Scoverger s house and hospitably entertained. The life-saving crew, leaving their boat there in charge of two men, took the first train to Chicago, reaching there at a late hour to-night. The captain will come later and make arrangements for a wrecking expedition to release his vessel. The Stampede measures 280 tons, hails from Sheboygan and is valued at $6,000.
      Detroit Free Press
      Monday, November 21, 1887
*tug BOB TEED, as identified in a later article



The schooner STAMPEDE went ashore near Chicago. The crew saved.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, November 21, 1887
     


Schooner STAMPEDE, of 280 tons, Built 1862 and owned by Gibbs. Home port, Buffalo. Class - A 2-1/2 November 20, 1887, the schooner, with no cargo went ashore on Lake Michigan. Property loss, hull $2,000
      1887 Casualty List (Partial Loss)
      The Marine Record, Dec.15, 1887
     
     
     
      Schooner STAMPEDE. U. S. No. 22353. Of 294.83 tons gross; 280.09 tons net. Built Huron, O., 1862. Home port, Sheboygan, Wis.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884
     


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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $2,000
Freight: nil
Remarks: Got off
Date of Original:
1887
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McN.W.13702
Language of Item:
English
  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
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William R. McNeil
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Stampede (Schooner), U22353, aground, 20 Nov 1887