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John Raber (Schooner), U10150, aground, 30 Sep 1895

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Chicago, Oct. 1 - The schr. JOHN RABER went ashore near Whiting, Ind., last night and 2 of the crew, names unknown, were drowned. The South Chicago lifesaving crew went to the scene with all possible speed, but did not arrive in time to take off all the crew. It is a mystery to vesselmen here why the RABER went in the direction she did. The crew of the tug ELPHICKE sighted the schooner coming in and went out to meet her, but she needed no assistance, and the tug returned. Shortly after came the information that she had gone ashore the result as stated above. A singular feature is that shortly before going ashore she was stripped of all canvas save her staysail.
      The RABER was 47 years old, measured 223 tons gross and was uninsured.
      Detroit News
      October 1, 1895

      Chicago, Oct. 1 - Many reports of damage and loss of life on the lakes in the storm of Saturday and Sunday reached here last night.
Only one local fatality is reported - that of Captain Andrew Johnson of the schooner JOHN RABER, who was drowned off Dane Park while endeavoring to reach the land to secure a tug to save his vessel.
Leaking like a sieve, the sailors worn out by two days' work at the pumps, with its rotten sails blown to ribbons and its halyards steaming in the wind, the old schooner JOHN RABER drove close to shore off Dane Park, Indiana, and cast anchor. Johnson wanted to save his vessel - it was built in 1848 - and, ordering out a small boat, manned by three sailors, he tried to reach shore. A mile from land the boat was tossed by a huge breaker and overturned. Johnson was drowned, and last night, his body lay alone and unattended on the sands waiting a Coroner's visit today. The three men stuck to the boat and succeeded in making shore. Capt. Weede stayed by the ship with two sailors. They were rescued by the South Chicago Life Savers after midnight, having worked four hours.
Following are additional to the list of boats missing or lost:
George W. MAGHTIN, waterlogged. taken in at St. Joe; part of deck load gone.
LADY FRANKLIN, barge, ashore at Hammond's Bay; probably a total loss.
LILLY MAY, barge, wrecked at East Whitefish Point; barge gone to pieces.
CITY OF PARIS, ashore at Flat Rock, Copper Harbor.
ELMA, schooner, reported to have foundered in Munising Bay and crew of eight lost; Capt. John Thurston wife and child among the lost.
BLISS, tow barge, two masts gone and deck load; towed into Chicago Harbor.
C.E. JONES, schooner, foundered off Whitefish Point; crew supposed to have been lost.
Tug BOYNYON from Sault Ste. Marie went to assistance of C.B. JONES. Reported missing.
Two unknown boats ashore at Grand Island, Lake Superior.
Steamers MATOA and MASABA of the Minnesota Line, thought to be ashore at Keweenaw Point, Lake Superior.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, October 1, 1895

Schooner JOHN RABER. Wrecked September 10. Value $1,000
      Lake Disasters of 1895
      Door County Advocate, Wis.
      Saturday, January 11, 1896
Schooner JOHN RABER.* U.S. No. 10150. Of 223.67 tons gross; 212.49 tons net. Built at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1848. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 116.7 x 25.1 x 10.1
      * Formerly schooner GENERAL WORTH.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895

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Reason: aground
Lives: 1
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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John Raber (Schooner), U10150, aground, 30 Sep 1895